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Canopy Wood name: Pau amarelo

Scientific name: euxylophora paraensis

Distribution

The species is very abundant throughout tropical Central and South America including the Caribbean.

Botanical features

The wood is heavy at 760KG M3 dry weight.

The tree is not tall in rainforest standards as it normally only grows to about 25 meters in height, which is partially explained by the fact that it dose not require full sun exposure to thrive.

The species regenerates after cutting and coppices well and is self-pruning.

Locally the wood is used to dye fabrics and handicrafts, and the fruit is used to make a juice and wine. It is also has healing properties and is used to treat toothache and hernias.

The wood

The colour of the sap and hardwood is bright yellow, but the colour intensity diminishes after exposure to oxygen and must be sealed with lacquer to retain its unique colour.

It is easy to work and can be used in a number of applications. It is not completely uncommon in export markets but qualifies as a lesser-known species due to the quite limited usage in the industrialized world. 

Under the Canopywood code of conduct, harvesting this species in limited numbers does not in any shape or form threaten this species from extinction in the area from where it originates. In fact it helps preserve other trees of the same gender nearby.

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