Couratari stellata A.C.Smith
General features: sapwood and core of same color, yellowish white to light yellowish beige, average shine, unique smooth smell slightly unpleasant and bitter taste, plain granulation, average texture.
Density: average density at 12% moisture out of 610 kg/m3.
Drying: average drying process outdoors with a slight tendency to wear and surface cracks. The greenhouse drying is fast without significant flaws.
Handling: the wood is usually soft and easy to cut delivering a good finishing, although sometimes the surface looks fluffy. Some species have silica which causes to wear out the working tools.
Durability: it shows low resistance to attack by xylophagous organisms (fungi and termites). Some species tend to smudge (blue stain) caused by a staining fungi so this wood should be used dry and protected from moisture.
Commercial use: doors, windows, shutters, wood slivers, boards, regular furniture, plywood, packaging boxes, twisted utensils, etc.