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H. G. Richter, K. Gembruch, G. Koch

Chlorocardium rodiei (R.Schomb.) R.R.W. (Greenheart)

Nomenclature. Family: LAURACEAE. Synonym(s): Ocotea rodiei, Nectandra rodiei. Further trade and local names: itaúba branca, bibiru (BR); beeberoe, groenhart, sipiroe (SN); viruviru (VE). Internal code: GRE.

CITES(EU) status of protection. Not protected.

Geographic distribution. Tropical South America. Guyanas and northern Brazil.

Growth rings, colour, grain, etc. Growth ring boundaries indistinct or absent. Heartwood basically brown, green; with streaks. Sapwood distinct from heartwood colour. Wood heavy and hard (0,9–1,02–1,1 g/cm3). Interlocked grain present.

Hardwood vs softwood. Vessels (pores) present (= hardwood).

Vessels (pores). Wood diffuse-porous. Vessels (pores) arranged in no specific pattern; in multiples; commonly in short (2–3 vessels) radial rows. Vessels medium to large (110–130–170 µm); few (6–11–13). Tyloses present, or absent (in case sapwood is mistaken for heartwood). Other deposits in heartwood vessels (pores) absent.

Axial parenchyma. Axial parenchyma not visible.

Rays. Rays narrow. Large rays commonly less than 1 mm high.

Storied structure. Storied structure absent.

Resin canals. Normal resin canals absent.

Physical and chemical tests. Heartwood not fluorescent. Water extract not fluorescent; colourless to brown. Ethanol extract fluorescent (yellowish lavender); colourless to brown. Splinter burns to charcoal.

Additional information. Informationsdienst Holz Merkblatt Nr. 87. • gre.jpg. Chlorocardium rodiei (Greenheart). Transverse section ca. 10x. Wood surface, natural size.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Richter, H.G., Gembruch, K., and Koch, G. 2014 onwards. CITESwoodID: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval. In English, French, German, and Spanish. Version: 16th May 2014. delta-intkey.com’.

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