PADOUK

The tropical species Padouk has a characteristic bright red color, which however turns gray very quickly. It is a very durable wood, which does not require any preservative treatment: it is therefore an economical and ecological material.

PADOUK D'AFRIQUE
Botanical name(s) :

Pterocarpus soyauxii, Pterocarpus osun

Family: FABACEAE (angiosperme)

Commercial restrictions: no commercial restriction

 

Padouk is a tall tree of the dense rainforests of tropical and equatorial Africa. It reaches a height of 50 m and a diameter of 1.5 m. The bole is cylindrical, mostly straight, with thin buttresses that can reach up to 5 m high.

The bark is grey, fine and scaly. Padouk wood is more or less bright red, with a distinct whitish sapwood. It does not keep its red color, however, and turns grey very quickly, although it is possible to treat the wood to keep it red.

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Padouk TROPICAL TIMBER USES

The exotic timber Padouk is red, but quickly turns gray-brown in the light. It is a very durable wood that does not require any preservative treatment. The use of this species has therefore a double economic and ecological advantage of the use of this species. It can be used without treatment in marine or brackish water but only in temperate and cold environments.

Thanks to its characteristics, tropical wood Padouk is suitable for:

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DISTRIBUTION AREA OF the species padouk

The tropical tree Padouk is characteristic of West and Central Africa: it is found from southern Nigeria to northern Angola, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

ECOLOGY and biology OF THE SPECIES padouk

The species Padouk is a deciduous tree: it loses its leaves for part of the year. It grows in dense humid forests, often near rivers.

PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF padouk TROPICAL TIMBER

See the Tropix sheet of Padouk (CIRAD).

  • Specific gravity*: 0,79
  • Monnin hardness*: 8,3
  • Coef. of volumetric shrinkage: 0,44%
  • Total tangential shrinkage (TS): 5%
  • Total radial shrinkage (RS): 3,2%
  • TS/RS ratio: 1,6
  • Fiber saturation point: 21%

*at 12% of wood moisture

NATURAL DURABILITY AND TREATABILITY OF padouk TROPICAL TIMBER

See the Tropix sheet of Padouk (CIRAD).

  • Fungi: class 1 - very durable
  • Dry wood borers: durable
  • Termites : class D -  durable
  • Treatability: class 2 - moderately impregnable
  • Species covering the use class 5: Yes

PROCESSING OF padouk TROPICAL TIMBER

See the Tropix sheet of Padouk (CIRAD).

  • Seasoning speed: normal to slow
  • Risk of deformation during seasoning: absent or very low

 

Sources : CIRAD - ATIBT - Q. Meunier, C. Moumbogou, J.-L. Doucet, 2015, Les arbres utiles du Gabon

Copyright: Q. Meunier, C. Moumbogou, J.-L. Doucet, 2015, Les arbres utiles du Gabon

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