Uses: Jatoba is excellent for flooring, stair treads, ships planking and general building construction. Its high shock resistance makes it ideal for tool handles and sports goods.
General Description: The heartwood is salmon red to orange-brown marked with dark brown and russet brown streaks. The wood has a golden lustre. Thr grain is commonly interlocked with a medium to coarse texture. Weight 910kg/m³ (56lb/ft³); specific gravity .91.
Very strong, hard and tough with a very good bending classification.
Rather difficult to dry,tends to be rapid with moderatesurface checking and warping and a liability to case harden. Slow drying will overcome these tendencies. There is small movement in service.
Moderately durable, but non-durable when a high proportion of sapwood is present. It is very resistant to termites and extremely resistant to preservative treatment.
Family Name: Leguminosae
Latin Name: Hymenaea courbaril
Distribution: Central and South America and West Indies
Also known as: Jutaby, courbaril, jatai amerelo, jatai vermelho (Brazil); locust (Suriname); copal (Equador); marbre (Guadaloupe); guapinal (Mexico); algarrobo (Puerto Rico).