Wood lexicon Types of wood


[Ga ra pa]; [Apuleia leiocarpa]; Trade names Garapa, Garajuba, Amarelinho


Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela

bulk density

0,8 g / cm³

durability class


radial shrinkage


Tangential shrinkage


wood color

yellow-brown, darkened to nut-brown

wood structure

Homogeneous hardwood with glossy stripes


decking wood

Garapa is one of the few timbers that has a light and warm color combined with high natural durability and mechanical strength. The use of the wood, which is not available in large quantities, has so far been largely limited to Latin America. Exports of semi-finished and finished products only started a few years ago, mainly in the form of decking and wooden tiles. Its exceptional hardness and durability makes Garapa a very hard-wearing decking wood.

Garapa - The light tropical wood

Garapa is an exotic among exotics. As a rule, tropical woods with high durability are only available on the market in dark reddish-brown to brown colors. Garapa is an exception here with its almond hue that darkens to a light hazel in the sun.

Garapa as decking boards

Garapa decking convince above all with their very homogeneous structure. The glossy stripes come to light particularly well on a smoothly planed surface. The practically knot-free planks have a very good durability. The exceptional hardness of Garapa wood makes it a very durable material for outdoor use.

The Garapa trees can grow very large and reach heights of growth of up to 50 meters and trunk diameters of 60 to 120 centimeters. The trunks have a straight, cylindrical habit. The knot-free lengths are 15 to 25m and are therefore very well suited for knotless terrace construction.

Sources: Wikipedia, tropix