Similar in colour, grain and working properties to
African Iroko. Should be considered as a FSC Certified.
Common/vernacular names: Danto, Bitter angelim, Faveira (Brazil), Amargoso
(Honduras), Amargo amargo (Panama), Mora, Bitter wood and several more
depending on the country of origin.
Distribution: 'Danto' is distributed from southern Mexico southwards along
the Atlantic region of Central America, including Belize, Guatemala,
Honduras and Panama and into mainland South America where it is found in
Venezuela and Brazil.
General Characteristics: The heartwood is
yellow, becoming orange-brown on exposure and is distinct from the paler
whitish/grey to brownish-yellow sapwood band which is up to around 200mm
thick. It is also reported that spiral grain can be present in Danto
timber. The texture is medium to very coarse. Lustre of the wood is
Durability: The heartwood is rated as moderately durable to durable
(based on graveyard testing). Reported to be resistant to insects and
fungi but not to marine borers.
Preservation: The heartwood is reported to be very resistant to
impregnation with wood preservatives, whilst the treatability of the
sapwood is reported to be good.
Strength: Some testing of this species has been carried out in the
USA on the relationship between bending strength and stiffness.