Tabebuia serratifolia (Vahl) Nichols.

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: dark olive-brownish or dark olive heartwood, usually uniform, sometimes with greenish reflections due to the presence of the lapachol substance; distinct from pale yellow sapwood. Interlocking grain, medium texture, moderate or absent shine, depending on the species, characteristic smell and indistinct taste.

DENSITY: heavy wood, with a 12% moisture density of 1,050 kg/m3 and a green density of 1,300 kg/m3.

DRYING: easy to air dry. When well stacked, it dries quickly and is flawless. Quick and easy oven drying, with slight warping and cracking.

WORKABILITY: regular for planing, good for sanding and excellent for turning and drilling. Pre-drilling is recommended for nailing and screwing. Good finish.

DURABILITY: highly resistant to fungi and termites.

PRESERVATION: the obstruction of the pores, by oil-resin and tile, makes the wood impermeable to preservative solutions, even when under pressure.

USES: indoor constructions, musical instruments, doors, window frames and others.