Tropical Timber Trends - New Species Profile

Congona Lumber

Botanical Name: Brosimum Alicastrum

Other local names: Manchinga

Source: Peru. Some quantities are also in other countries in South and central America

Density: 0.68

Tangential Contraction: 8:13%

Radial Contraction: 4.96%

Volumetric Contraction: 12.6%

T/R Ratio: 1.6

Description: White to Pale Yellow colour, fine grain, very consistent colour and grain. A large tree, it yield a lot of large, clear boards free of knots or other defects. Moderately stable, similar to red oak and maple for stability and density, working properties. Good strength and able to resist denting and scratching.

Uses: Mainly interior usage. Relatively abundant and a high, clear grade available at a low price. Good for floors, stairs, tool handles, furniture and cabinet making.

Current price estimates for 4/4, 6/4 and 8/4 kiln dried lumber, FAS grade (actually almost FEQ) with lots of wide boards, S2S, landed at Eastern US Ports are about US$1.85 to $2.00 bd ft. S2S is usually at full thickness (8/4 planed to 2 inches)