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Ocotea porosa

Frequently figured and variegated in color, the heartwood is yellowish-brown to chocolate-brown. When green the wood has a spicy resinous scent, which fades as the wood dries. It is rather fine textured and moderately hard. The straight to wavy grain has a ribbon figure.

Imbuya is easy to work and takes a high polish. The wood can be selected to match any kind of walnut. It turns well but care should be taken when planing to avoid chipping. When sawn, the fine dust is particularly irritating to some people and may cause sneezing.

In southern Brazil imbuya is one of the most important woods for high-grade furniture, floorings and joinery. Figured material is sliced into decorative veneer and is a substitute for black walnut.

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