Massaranduba wood - African hardness in South America

Within a closely related group of wood species, including Mukulungu and Moabi, the Massaranduba is the hardest and most stable wood. In addition, which special characteristics distinguish it still further, and with which woods it is related, in detail in this contribution.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
densityabout 1.1 g / cm³, fresh about 1.300 kg / m³
Compressive strengthapprox. 98 N / mm²
flexural strengthapprox. 190 N / mm²

Kinship and alternative terms

Massaranduba is very closely related to some other African hardwoods:

  • Macore and Douka
  • Moabi
  • Mukulungu

In addition, there is also a very close relationship with some woods from Asia (bit and is-wood).

Alternative names

For Massaranduba some alternative names have evolved, among which the wood is occasionally offered:

  • Balata Rouge (as Massaranduba comes from the Balata tree)
  • Beef Wood
  • Bullet Wood
  • Horsemeat wood
  • Macaranduba
  • Brazilian redwood

There are also a number of local names. The DIN symbol for Massaranduba is MSA.



The grain is similar to all the woods of the group, but Massaranduba is still much more straight-grained than the other, related wood species. Also locks can occur at Massaranduba. At Massaranduba the wood rays are only very fine. The fine, scattered pores are almost always filled, the structure looks decorative and noble.


As with the other species, the fresh heartwood has a pink to slightly light red color and darkens later (to a dark reddish brown color). The sapwood is pale yellow to whitish, but may also have slight browns.


Within the species group Massaranduba is the hardest and heaviest of the woods. Its strength properties are still significantly higher than the other types. The high hardness and the silicic deposits often make machining difficult. Because of the high density surface, it can be polished very well.

Shrinkage and drying

Drying is problematic and must be very slow, otherwise cracking may occur. It has a strong tendency to warp, but it is again slightly better in the shrinkage values ​​than other woods in the group.


The durability is, as with all woods of the group, very high. Massaranduba is very durable, highly resistant to fungal and insect attack (resistance class 1)


Especially in recent years, Massaranduba has become a popular wood for terraced construction. In addition, it is also suitable for all constructions in interior and exterior construction, for parquet and floor production and also for furniture construction.


Unlike the African species of the group (Moabi, Mukulungu and Douka / Macoré) Massaranduba comes from South America. Nevertheless, the botanical relationship and the similarity with the characteristics of the African species is very close.

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

Tips & Tricks

Make sure that, as with all woods of the group, the sanding dust can be very irritating and harmful to health, and that in contact with alkaline glues, with mortar or with ferrous metals can possibly cause unsightly discoloration.

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