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Specie - Balsa

Balsa
Other names
kurkhout (The Netherlands), bois flot, ceibon, guano, mahaudème (Antilles), tami (Bolivia), pau de balsa (Brazil), lano, tucumo (Colombia), bocas del toro, enca, piu, enea, pung (Costa Rica), algodon (El Salvador), corcho, maho, gonote real (Mexico), catillo, gatillo, polak (Nicaragua), lana, puero (Panama), topa, palo de balsa (Peru), palo de lana, tacarigue (Venezuela).
Botanic name
Ochroma pyramidale (Cav. ex Lam.) Urb. (= O. lagopus Sw.).
Family
Bombacaceae
Growth area
Tropical South and Central America, mainly Ecuador.
Wood species
hardwood timber
Volumic mass
(40-)150 (-300) kg/m3 at 12% moisture content.
Sustainability
5. Sensitively for infestation by termites.
Illustration
©2001 Stichting Centrum Hout - Almere

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