Uses: Lemonwood is excellent for carving. Used as an alternative to lancewood (Oxandra lanceolata) for turnery, tool handles, the top joints of fishing rods, archery bows, billiard cues, superior joinery and cabinet work.
General Description: Lemonwood's wide sapwood is white to light brown in colour with a small light olive brown variegated heartwood. The grain varies from straight to very irregular, with an exceedingly fine and uniform texture.
It is a hard, heavy, tough and resilient timber with a very good bending classification, high bending and crushing strength and medium stiffness. Weighs 820 kg/m³ (51 lb/ft³); specific gravity .82.
Lemonwood dries well with little degrade and small movement in service.
Non-durable; the heartwood is non-resistant to decay.
Family Name: Betulaceae
Latin Name: Calycophyllum candidissimum
Distribution: Cuba, Central America, tropical South America.
Also known as: Degame lancewood (UK); lemonwood (USA).