Wood lexicon Types of wood


[mas sa ran du ba]; [Manilkara bidentata]; Trade names Massaranduba, Bulletwood, Beefwood


northern to central South America

bulk density

0,9-1,11 g/cc

durability class


radial shrinkage


Tangential shrinkage


wood color

dark reddish brown

wood structure

homogeneous with fine texture


Construction wood, decking wood

Massaranduba is a very heavy and hard wood from South America. Its high strength makes it particularly durable outdoors and resistant to scratches and splinters. Smoothly planed, the surface of Massaranduba is very supple and suitable for barefoot use. Massaranduba has a dark reddish-brown color, which has earned it the name "Beefwood" in English or "Horseflesh-Holz" in German. The wood is very homogeneous and has a fine texture.

Massaranduba - Hard and durable

The Massaranduba wood is so heavy that it does not float. With its high density, it achieves top values ​​in terms of durability and fungal resistance. The smoothly planed surface is particularly supple and very well suited for barefoot areas.

However, a weakness of the type of wood is its only satisfactory stamina. To prevent warping, the wood should be technically dried. Shorter and narrower pieces of solid wood, like you at wooden tiles or used with glued wood are not a problem. Longer and wider solid wood, on the other hand, often tends to moderate warping.

Massaranduba - Fruit and Latex

Massaranduba is mainly distributed in the Amazon region of Brazil and in Peru. A subspecies found in Guatemala, the Manilkara zapote, is used to make latex and the base material for chewing gum.

The Balata tree, from which the Massaranduba wood comes, reaches a height of 30 meters and a trunk diameter of 130 centimeters. The flesh of its berries is edible and has a sweet taste.

Sources: Wikipedia, tropix