Wana (Red Louro)

Ocotea rubra

Commercial Name(s): Red Louro, Louro Vermelho, Louro Gamela
Other Name(s): Grignon rouge, Gamela, Determa, Wanu, Teteroma, Baaka, Grignon Franc
Botanical Name: Sextonia ruba, Ocotea ruba
Botanical Family: Lauraceae

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


Red Louro is light brown with pink to red brown shades. Possible presence of wind shakes. It has clearly demarcated sapwood. The grain is interlocked and the texture is medium. Density at 12 % moisture content: 0.66 g/cm3. The blunting effect is normal and peeling and slicing is reported to be good. Nailing is poor and nails holding is variable. Gluing is correct with dry woods. It dries slowly. High temperature steaming (80ºC) improves drying. Drying is not recommended for thickness > 40mm.

Red Louro is durable to fungi and is durable to dry wood borers; sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood).
Red Louro can be used for several applications:
• interior: e.g. panelling, high class furniture, veneer, boxes and crates, joinery, sliced veneer, moulding, light carpentry, formwork.
• exterior: e.g. wood frame house, panelling, ship building, bridges, joinery, open boats.

Typical use

Interior joinery, Current furniture or furniture components, Ship building (planking and deck), Exterior joinery, Moulding, Veneer for interior of plywood, Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Boxes and crates, Bridges (Parts not in contact with water or ground), Shingles, Interior panelling, Open boats, Sliced veneer, Exterior panelling, Wood frame house, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Turned goods, Formwork.

Technical Information

Color: Pinkish red to reddish brown
Trees Size: 25 – 35 m
Trunk Diameter: 0.5 – 0.90 m
Monnin Hardness:: 2.5
Crushing Strength (Mpa dry): 43 – 59
Basic Specific gravity: 0.62- 0.70
Density (kg/m3 dry): 0.66
Grain: Generally straight, sometimes irregular or highly interlocked
Texture: Medium to very coarse
Static bending strength (Mpa): 81
Modulus of elasticy (Mpa): 14170
T/R Ratio: 2.0
Finish: Excellent
Stability: Moderately stable

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