Santos Mahogany, Balsamo, Quina
Myroxylon balsamum, peruiferum

  • Flooring & Staircases
  • Boating
  • Decking & Cladding
  • Cabinet doors
  • Furniture
  • Joinery
  • Perfumes

Santos Mahogany is not a true mahogany timber. The mahogany headline was connected to the name as a marketing scheme. But that does not mean that it is any reduced in quality. In fact, Santos mahogany is regarded one of the best timbers for use as exotic hardwood.

There is a fair degree of color variation between boards of Quina, ranging from a lighter golden brown to a darker purplish red or burgundy. The color tends to turn more red/purple with age. Quartersawn sections can show a striped or ribbon pattern.

Appearance: Heartwood is reddish brown becoming deep red with hues of purple upon exposure. It has a distinctive fragrance that makes it high in demand. Gloss is medium to high, grain is interlocked with medium to fine texture with narrow parallel bands of streaks and patterns.

Quina has a very distinctive spicy scent when being worked. Trees from the Myroxylon genus are used to make Balsam of Peru, an ingredient used in perfumes.

Characteristics: Its stability, beauty, strength and outstanding durability makes it one of the most popular hardwood flooring species in the world. It is heavy and moderately difficult to saw. Mechanical properties and mechanical resistance are high. Responds well to artificial drying using a mild drying program. Heartwood shows high natural durability and does not require preservation.

Adorable texture

This highly desirable South American wood is fine grained and extremely stable. Its strength and texture give it an appealing look and feel. It not only sands well, but it finishes beautifully. Its gorgeous red-brown tones have become increasingly popular to consumers and crafters alike.

Why it is so popular?

Santos mahogany is a great choice for those that want the richness of the mahogany color but with more durability. As one of the most durable hardwoods available, it is a great choice for areas that receive a large amount of foot traffic. Unlike some hardwood flooring options, this flooring can be confidently used in commercial setting as well as residential.

Limited dimensional variation

Balsamo does feature a strong color that gets darker with a finish, and the wood is extraordinarily durable. This feature allows manufacturers to give a warranty of up to 35 years for the products of this wonderful wood. Its durability is only exceeded by it’s beauty.

Density (kg/m3 dry)920Hardness (Janka) (kN)10Resistance to split in nailingGood
Specific gravity0.77-0.9FinishExcellentResistance to split and screwingGood
Modulus of rapture (Mpa dry)150StabilityHighGluingGood or Difficult
Modulus of elasticy (Mpa dry)16.5Crushing Strength (Mpa dry)82DurableHigh
Radial shrinkage %3.8Sapwood Lyctid SusceptibleYesTrees20-35 year old
Tangential shrinkage %6.2MachiningDifficult Round logsGirth of 40-150 cm
 Volumetric % 10 T/R Ratio 1.6 Growing regoinSouth and Central America
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