Uses: Heavy construction for civil and marine purposes, furniture manufacture, cabinetmaking and joinery, decking and framing in boat building.
General Description: The sapwood is pale yellow to yellowish-white in colour, narrow and sharply demarcated from the heartwood which is yellow with darker streaks when first cut, becoming lustrous golden-brown to russet after seasoning and exposure. The gram is medium to moderately coarse and usually interlocked, presenting a rather broad striped figure on the radial surface. The timber is hard and heavy and weighs about 800 kg/m³ when dried.
Good - Easy to work and takes a high lustrous finish, and holds its place well after manufacture. It lends itself well to natural bends for boat building.
Dries slowly but with very little degrade. It has an exceptionally low volumetric shrinkage (10.2 per cent) when drying from the green to oven dry. Tangential shrinkage is 6.6 per cent. and 5.2 per cent radially.
Tatajuba compares favourably with oak except in shock resistance and shear.
Family Name: Moraceae
Latin Name: Bagassa guianensis
Distribution: B. guianensis and B. tiliaefolia occur infrequently in Guyana and French Guiana as scattered trees in the low upland forests.
Also known as: Bagasse (Guyana) Gele bagasse (Surinam)