Ziricote - Cordia dodecandra
Janka Hardness = 1,970
Photosensitivity = No
Color ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed. Ziricote has a very unique appearance, which is sometimes referred to as “spider-webbing” or “landscape” grain figure. Ziricote is naturally resistant to decay. A truly unique-looking wood, Ziricote has very few imitators; perhaps only the occasional piece of figured Brazilian Rosewood exhibits the same spider-webbing grain figure.
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Scientific Name = Cordia dodecandra
Trade Name = Canalete
Family Name = Boraginaceae
Common Names = Amapa asta, Amapa beba, Amapa bola, Anacuite, Asta, Baria, Barl, Bocote, Bojon, Bonom, Canalete, Canaletta, Chackopte, Copite, Cupane, Freijo, Grisino, Gueramo, Habeen, K'an-k'opte, Keopte, Kopte, Laurel, Negra, Ocotillo meco, Palo de asta, Pardillo del monte, Peterebi, Siricote, Siricote blanco, Trompillo, Varia, Veria, Veria prieta, Zac-copte, Ziricote
Regions of Distribution = Central America, Latin America
Countries of Distribution = Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico
Numerical Strength Properties and Data:
Bending Strength = 14,481 psi or 1,018 kg/cm2
Density = 53 Lbs/Ft3 or 849 kg/m3
Janka Hardness = 1,970
Hardness = 2,282 lbs. or 849 kg
Impact Strength = in or cm
Maximum Crushing Strength = psi or kg/cm2
Shearing Strength = psi or kg/cm2
Stiffness = 1,509,000 psi or 1,111,000 kg/cm2
Toughness = 333 inch-lbs or 383 cm-kg
Specific Gravity = 0.66
Work to Maximum Load =
Weight = 40 Lbs/Ft3 or 641 kg/m3
Radial Shrinkage = 3%
Tangential Shrinkage = 6%
Volumetric Shrinkage = 8%
T/R Ratio: 1.9
General Characteristics = Color ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed. Ziricote has a very unique appearance, which is sometimes referred to as “spider-webbing” or “landscape” grain figure. Quartersawn surfaces can also have ray flakes similar in appearance to those found on quartersawn Hard Maple. The pale yellowish sapwood is sometimes incorporated into designs for aesthetic effect, or to cut down on wastage.
Grain = Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Medium to fine texture, with good natural luster.
Texture = Medium to fine texture, with good natural luster.
Movement in Service =
Color = The heartwood is red-brown in color, with black veins. The sapwood is brownish-yellow in color.