Angelique wood - the wood for hydraulic engineering

Only a few types of wood, even with tropical woods, are actually seawater resistant and resistant to water. This property is one of the outstanding features of Angelique wood. What qualities this tropical wood species still has, read here.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
densityabout 0.7 g / cm³
Compressive strengthabout 70 N / mm²
flexural strengthapprox. 120 N / mm²

Other names and DIN designation

Angelique is also known by a number of other names and native names. These include:

  • Singapetou
  • Tapaluna
  • Angelica do Para

The DIN mark according to DIN 4076 for Angelique wood is AGQ



The pores of the Angelique wood are very rough, yet the texture looks fine and even. Apart from the highly visible pores, there are no particular irregularities in the grain.


The heartwood has a typical, pink to light reddish brown tone. Darker stripes can occur. In strong light, the heartwood darkens to a slight purple-brownish color. The sapwood is light gray in the fresh wood and darkens to yellowish to light brownish during the drying process.


Angelique is a very hard and strong wood. It is, however, in contrast to many other tropical woods, still relatively elastic. Its most important feature is seawater and brackish water resistance, which makes Angelique suitable for hydraulic engineering. In addition, Angelique wood is very good acid resistance.

Shrinkage and drying

Drying is not a problem in and of itself, but cracking can occur if the drying process is too fast and inappropriate.


Angelique is highly weather-resistant and also highly resistant to fungal and insect infestation.


So far, Angelique is mainly used in hydraulic engineering (floodgates, piles). A use outdoor is quite possible and useful.


Angelique comes mainly from South American jungles, but is widespread and native throughout northern South America. One of the main areas of origin is Guyana.

Here you will find an overview of the most important types of wood worldwide. An overview of the most important tropical wood species, such as Angelique, can be found here

Tips & Tricks

For very hard types of wood, such as Angelique, special tools are required for machining. Recommended here is the use of so-called stellitized tools, which consist of special alloys.

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