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Title: Angelique : Dicorynia guianensis Amsh.

Author: Kukachka, B. Francis;

Date: 1964

Source: Research note FPL no. 071. Madison, WI : USDA, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 8, [3] pages.

Publication Series: Research Note (RN)

Description: Angelique has for many years been incorrectly identified with the botanical name Dicorynia paraensis Benth. It differs from this species and from other described species of Dicorynia in the structure of the flowers and its restricted range of growth. Presently known as Dicorynia guianensis, angelique occurs only in French Guiana and Surinam. Dicorynia paraensis occurs along the Rio Negro and its tributaries in Brazil's Amazonas Territory. Aside from angelique, or basra locus as it is also known, the characteristics and properties of the various Dicorynia species are practically unknown at this time. Angelique is well known in the producing areas for its strength and inherent natural durability, but its highly desirable characteristics have only recently come to the attention of the United States trade. Small quantities are currently entering the United States, but it is expected that imports will gradually increase as the wood becomes better known.

Keywords: Dicorynia guianensis, wood properties, mechanical properties, seasoning, marine borers, wood anatomy, silica, Guiana, Surinam, machining properties, decay resistance, termites, abrasion

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Kukachka, B. Francis 1964. Angelique : Dicorynia guianensis Amsh. Research note FPL no. 071. Madison, WI : USDA, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 8, [3] pages.


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