Rode Kabbes (Andira)

Andira inermis

Commercial Name(s): Andira/Sucupira Vermelho
Other Name(s): Acapurana, Angelim, Moton, Koraro, Maquilla, Rode Kabbes, Sarrapio Montanero, Almendro De Rio, Andira Uchi, Congo, Bat Seed, Saint Martin Rouge, Quinillo Colorado, Angelin,
Botanical Name: Andira inermis, Andira spp.
Botanical Family: Fabaceae (angiosperm)

Shrinkage Radial (RS)
ShrinkageTangential (TS)
Coeff. Volumetric Shrinkage


The colour of the heartwood is brickred to dark (brown) red. The lighter coloured parenchyma gives it a nice stripy pattern. The sapwood is easy to distinguish. The grain is mainly straight, sometimes interlocked and with compression failures. The texture is coarse. Machining of Andira goes well. Pre-drilling is recommended. Gluing and finishing are reported to be good. Drying goes slowly with less risk of distortion and checking. The sawdust can cause an allergic reaction.

Andira is durable to moderately durable in ground contact.

Andira can be used for several applications such as:
• interior: e.g. furniture, flooring, stairs
• exterior: e.g. cladding, boardwalks, constructions

Typical use

Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Interior joinery, Sliced veneer, Bridges (Parts not in contact with water or ground), Wood frame house, Turned goods, Exterior joinery, Exterior panelling, Current furniture or furniture components, Heavy carpentry, Industrial or heavy flooring, Vehicle or container flooring

Technical Information

Color: Red brown
Trees Size: 20 – 30 m
Trunk Diameter: 0.6 – 0.90 m
Monnin Hardness: 8.8
Crushing Strength (Mpa dry): 60 – 84
Basic Specific gravity: 0.77- 0.95
Density (kg/m3 dry):
Grain: Straigth or interlocked
Texture: Coarse
Static bending strength (Mpa): 128
Modulus of elasticy (Mpa): 20170
T/R Ratio: 1.6
Finish: Excellent
Stability: Poorly stable

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