Quira, Granadillo, Macacauba
Platymiscium pinnatum, P. yucatanum, P. trinitatis, P. ulei

  • Cabinet doors
  •  Stairs and balustrades
  •  Decking & Cladding
  •  Flooring & Staircases
  •  Furniture
  •  Joinery
  •  Musical instruments
  •  Veneer

This wood goes by a number of common names, with none of them having a clear predominance. Quira, El Cristobal, Macacauba, Macacahuba, Nambar, Granadillo, Hormigo Rojo, Orange Agate.

Panama Redwood is one of the most noble and precious woods in the world. Hard, heavy and strong, it has a straw-yellow sapwood while the heartwood is a magnificent intense caramel. Decorated with wide bands and a far darker hue, it results in a distinct appearance.

Despite its weight and hardness, this wood has excellent properties which allow it to be used with all kinds of hand and power tools. Because it is so dense and compact, it can be machined and polished to obtain pieces that seem to be made of acrylic materials.

Another characteristic of Panama Redwood is its unmistakable sweet caramel aroma that permeates the environment where there is timber of this type that has not been painted or varnished.

Attractive texture

Why you’ll love it: This wood is uber-colorful, with many pieces having rich reds and oranges mixed in with darker brown and black veins of exquisiteness. Some woods are loved for their color, others are loved for their streaks and stripes. Panama redwood has both.

Luxury furniture

Overall good working characteristics for both hand (excellent carving) and machine tools. Able to take a very high natural polish. Turns and glues well. Heartwood is rated as durable to very durable regarding decay resistance with good resistance to insect attacks as well.

Unique sound

In addition to its beautiful and attractive appearance, Quira has a unique sound. This highly prized tonewood is seen frequently in fretboards, and in the backs and sides of many quality flat-top acoustics. The wood traditionally has been used for marimba because of its clear, chimey tone.

Density (kg/m3 dry)950Hardness (Janka) (kN)12Resistance to split in nailingGood
Specific gravity0.85FinishExcellentResistance to split and screwingGood
Modulus of rapture (Mpa dry)148StabilityGoodGluingGood
Modulus of elasticy (Mpa dry)19.5Crushing Strength (Mpa dry)80.7DurableHigh
Radial shrinkage %2.8Sapwood Lyctid SusceptibleNoTrees25-35 year old
Tangential shrinkage %4.2MachiningExcellent Round logs Girth of 80-180 cm
 Volumetric %7.2 T/R Ratio 1.5 Growing regoin Central and South America
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