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Guanacaste, Parota
Enterolobium cyclocarpum

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Guanacaste (also known as Parota) is a fast growing, medium to large tree with a massive crown occurring in Central America. 50 years old tree can have 100-130 cm diameter of trunk. But normally tree has short trunk, its slpits on many branches and we can get log with length 2,5-4m.

Heartwood is light to medium brown, sometimes with a reddish hue. Darker streaks of brown are sometimes present. Sapwood is pale yellow and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. The wood texture is very rough with a mild natural shine.

Guanacaste has very large pores in no specific arrangement, very few; mineral/gum deposits occasionally present; parenchyma vasicentric, confluent; narrow to medium rays, spacing wide.

Workability: Easy to work with hand and machine tools. However, tearout is common during planing, and fuzzy surfaces may be seen after machining, especially on quartersawn surfaces. Glues and finishes well.

Selected dimensions of trees

The first and most important step in terms of design and aesthetics of the final product is the choice of a suitable tree trunk. We focus on trunks with diameter 60 cm an bigger.

Resistance to moisture and pests

Guanacaste is the wood without significant characteristic colour. It is a popular and appreciated mainly due to its longevity, resistance to moisture, pests and its vibrant dark amber colour.

Mild natural shine of amber

At the core it has a consistent, light to moderately brown (golden yellow) colour, sometimes with a reddish tinge and dark brown stripes. Sapwood is pale yellow and clearly demarcated from the heartwood.

Density (kg/m3 dry)460Hardness (Janka) (kN)2.1Resistance to split in nailingGood
Specific gravity34-44FinishExcellentResistance to split and screwingGood
Modulus of rapture (Mpa dry)59.6StabilityGoodGluingWell
Modulus of elasticy (Mpa dry)8.4Crushing Strength (Mpa dry)119DurableModerate
Radial shrinkage %2.2Sapwood Lyctid SusceptibleNoTrees35m tall
Tangential shrinkage %4.9MachiningWell Round logsGirth of 100-600 cm
 Volumetric %7.1 T/R Ratio2.2 Growing regoinCentral America
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