Scientific Name:

Pterogyne nitens

Other Names and Species:

Pau Fava


Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay


The sapwood of amendoim is yellow-brown, while the heartwood is more reddish brown (similar to Mahogany). The grain is roey in nature. The wood has a lustrous appearance, and is of a medium texture.


Amendoim is very hard and durable, with a bending strength much greater than that of Mahogany. It has moderate resistance to decay when not chemically treated. The wood remains smooth under friction and is reported to be odorless. Amendoim is a dimensionally stable wood flooring species.

Janka Hardness: 1912

As a flooring option, amendoim’s hardness is roughly twice that of black walnut or teak, nearly fifty percent harder than red oak, forty percent harder than white oak, thirty percent harder than hard maple, almost identical to jarrah, and approaches santos mahogany’s ranking of 2200.


Amendoim has good machining qualities, and it sands well.

Principal Uses:

Amendoim’s uses include hard wood flooring, cabinetry, furniture, and interior construction.