Louro Vermelho

Nectandra rubra (Mez.) C.K. Allen

Canela-vermelha – gamela – louro – louro-canela – louro gamela (AM) – louro-mogno – louro-rosa (AM)

General Characteristics: heartwood light yellowish brown, slightly distinct from the narrow sapwood. Grain straight or interlocked, texture medium, luster moderate, sweaty odor when freshly cut, disappearing after drying and not distinctive taste.
Density: medium density wood, with density at 12% moisture content of 650 kg/m3 and green density of 1050 kg/m3.
Drying: slow and difficult to air-dry due to the presence of essence oils, but with no checking or warping. Kiln-dries very slowly, with a tendency for cupping and twisting.
Workability: easy sawing, planing, peeling into veneers, turning, gluing, nailing and screwing. Finishes well.
Durability: resistant to fungi, termites and boring insects.
Preservation: low permeability to preservative solutions, even with pressure-vacuum systems.
Uses: furniture, civil construction, door and window sashes, planks, framing, decorative objects, plywood, sliced veneers and others.