Sucupira wood is a hard wood, with brown tones, required mainly for demanding uses such as floors, construction and boat manufacturing.

It is a tropical species native to the northern part of South America. More specifically from countries like Colombia, Venezuela or Brazil. Its scientific name is diplotropis purpurea.

It is a common substitute for wood such as ipé. Both are very difficult species that can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Features of Wood Sucupira

Color: Heartwood varies between dark brown and reddish tones, white with gray hues of sapwood. It has an interesting glow in the right light.

Fiber: Generally straight, often interlaced.

Grain: Medium.

Density: It is a very dense wood, approximately 910 kg / m³ at 12% humidity.

Toughness (Monnin): 9.4 very hard wood.

Durability: High against the attack of fungi and insects. In this sense, there is no unanimity, as we can find contradictory references that classify it as moderately durable.

Dimensional stability: Edgy wood.

  • Volumetric shrinkage coefficient of 0.61%.

Mechanical properties:

  • Resistance to static bending 1,400 kg / cm².
  • Elasticity module 180,000 kg / cm².
  • Compressive strength 850 kg / cm².

Workability: Between easy and moderate.

  • Sawn. Only problems derived from its hardness and density.
  • Drying. Between slow and medium. There are some risks of problems during this phase. Mainly deformations and cracks.
  • Brushed. Difficulty derived from hardness. Interlaced fiber can cause repulsion problems.
  • Glued. Adhesion problems due to the abundance of tannins.
  • Nailed and screwed. Need for pre-drilling and machining due to the hardness of the sucupira wood.
  • Finishes. No problems.

Main Uses

  • The main use of sucupira wood is for pallet manufacturing. It offers an interesting contrast of light and dark colors and exceptional resistance.
  • Quality furniture and joinery.
  • Spinning.
  • Interior carpentry: doors, windows, frames, moldings …
  • Outdoor carpentry.
  • Carpentry assembly.
  • Natural wood veneers.
  • Vehicles such as cars and agricultural tools.