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

Ocotea rubra Mez (Louro vermelho, Wane)

Nomenclature. Family: LAURACEAE. Synonym(s): Nectandra rubra. Further trade and local names: puxurí-rana (BR); determa (GY); taparin, bewana, tetroema, wonae (SR); grignon, g. franc (FR); red louro (GB). Code according to DIN EN 13556: OCRB. Internal code: WAN.

CITES(EU) status of protection. Not protected.

Geographic distribution. Tropical South America.

Growth rings, colour, grain, etc. Growth ring boundaries indistinct or absent. Heartwood basically brown to red; without streaks. Sapwood distinct from heartwood colour. Wood of medium weight (0,5–0,6 g/cm3). Interlocked grain present.

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

Vessels (pores). Wood diffuse-porous. Vessels (pores) arranged in no specific pattern, or a diagonal pattern; in multiples; commonly in short (2–3 vessels) radial rows, or in radial rows of 4 or more. Vessels medium to large (100–160–230 µm); few (4–9). Tyloses present, or absent (in case sapwood is mistaken for heartwood).

Axial parenchyma. Axial parenchyma present; not banded. Other macroscopically visible types of axial parenchyma: vasicentric.

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

Storied structure. Storied structure absent.

Physical and chemical tests. Heartwood not fluorescent (the tyloses fluoresce yellowish orange). Water extract not fluorescent; colourless to brown. Ethanol extract not fluorescent; red. Splinter burns to partial ash; colour of ash white to grey.

Additional information. Informationsdienst Holz Merkblatt Nr. 66. • wan.jpg. Ocotea rubra (Louro vermelho, Wane). 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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