Monkeypod (Figured)

Monkeypod (Figured) (Albizia saman)

 

Common Names: Algarrobo, Algarrobo de pais, Arbre à pluie, Campano, Carabali, Carreto, Cenicero, Cow Tamarind, Dormilon, French Tamarind, Genizaro, Giant Tibet, Gouannegoul, Guango, Huacamayo Chico, Lara, Monkey Pod, Raintree, Rain Tree

 

Distribution: Central and South America. (Also planted/naturalized in many tropical regions of the world)

 

Color/Appearance: Color tends to be a golden to dark brown, sometimes with darker streaks. Sapwood is usually thin and yellow/white, clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Monkeypod is sometimes seen with highly figured curly or wild grain patterns.

 

Janka Hardness: 900 lbf

 

Density: 3.17 lb./b.f.

 

Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Monkeypod wood dust has been reported as an eye irritant.

 

Sustainability: CITES: no, IUCN: no

 

Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, millwork/trim, carving, cabinetry, furniture, musical instruments (guitars and ukuleles) and other small specialty wood items.

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