Common Names
Guajavira, Brazilian Pecan
Scientific Name
Patagonula americana
South America (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay)
Guajavira heartwood varies from reddish-brown to golden brown, with darker streaks and occasional purple or black veins. The wood has a medium to coarse texture with straight or interlocked grain. It exhibits a high natural luster.
Avg. Dried Weight
58-64 lbs/ft3 (930-1020 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness
1980 lbf
Modulus of Rupture
17,800 lbf/in2 (123 MPa)
Elastic Modulus
1,920,000 lbf/in2 (13.24 GPa)
Crushing Strength
8,330 lbf/in2 (57.4 MPa)
Radial: 3.2%, Tangential: 6.5%, Volumetric: 10.1%, T/R Ratio: 2.0
Rated as very durable; highly resistant to decay, termite attacks, and rot.
Guajavira wood is moderately difficult to work with both hand and machine tools due to its high density. It has good nailing and screwing properties, but pre-drilling is recommended. It can be stained, polished, and finished to enhance its natural beauty. The wood is known for its excellent dimensional stability and resistance to warping.

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