Other Names and Species:
Pinheiro do Brasil
Pinheiro do Paraná
The sapwood of parana ranges from greyish-yellow through yellowish-orange, while the heartwood is pale brown with red streaks throughout. The species has a straight grain and is uniform in texture.
Parana is not overly resistant to insect attack and decay. The wood is reported to have no odor. Parana requires some time to dry properly as splitting and warping can occur if the process is rushed.
Janka Hardness: 780
Parana is nearly identical in hardness to cumaru (slightly over one percent difference), is aroung forty-three percent softer than white oak, almost fifty-nine percent softer than jarrah, and is roughly thirty five percent as hard as santos mahogany’s ranking of 2200.
Parana cuts rather easily and cleanly. The species only slightly dulls cutting edges. Both nails and glue hold well with this flooring option. Parana sands easily to a nice finish and accepts stain well.
Parana’s uses include flooring, cabinetry, sub-flooring, pulpwood, veneer, wainscoating, and general construction.