Angelim – Vermelho – Hardwood Lumber Products

Angelim - Vermehlo - Hardwood lumber products

Angelim – Vermelho –(Dinizia Excelsa)

Some common names include Gurupa, Faveira Preta, Brazilian Apitong, Angelim Ferro. This wood is common in the industrial flooring for trailers and shipping containers. The popularity of this species has grown a lot as a substitute for Apitong. Angelim Vermelho has a very distinct unpleasant smell as soon as it’s cut or re-wetted. It is moderately stable but prone to cellular collapse. Drying the wood in the correct way prevents the collapse from happening. This is a good wood for exterior framing because of rot resistance and strength. Available as FSC certified and kiln-dried (KD). We have Angelim Vermelho available in decking, flooring, dimensional lumber, E4E, S4S, RS (Rough Sawn), deck tiles, and table slabs.

Common Name:

Gurupa, Angelim Falso, Angelim Ferro, Angelim Vermehlo, Faveira grande, Faveira Preta

Botanical Name:

Dinizia excelsa

Indigenous to:

Brazil and Guyana in South America

Modulus of Rupture:

 22,550 lbf/in2 (156 MPa)


Radial: 5.1%, Tangential: 8.5%, Volumetric: .68%, T/R Ratio: 1.7

How is it dried:

Info coming soon

Is it dried quickly:

Normal to slow


Poor to moderate stability

Exterior Wood Recommendation:

Class 4 – in ground or fresh water contact Use class ensured by natural durability:
Species covering the use class 5: This species also covers the use class 5 (end-uses in marine environment or in brackish water) due to its high specific gravity and its hardness.

Fastening Method:

Nailing / screwing:  good but pre-drilling is necessary
Gluing: Yes (for interior only)
Note: Gluing must be done with care (very dense wood).

Ecosystem impact:

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It has no commercial restrictions.

Toxicity and allergic reactions:

Severe reactions are quite uncommon, however Angelim vermelho has been reported to cause a allergic reaction.


 Has a fairly strong and unpleasant odor when being worked.

Product we manufacture using this species:

Deck Tiles

Other common uses:

Sleepers Bridges (parts in contact with water or ground)

Heavy carpentry Vehicle or container flooring

Industrial or heavy flooring Bridges (parts not in contact with water or ground)

Ship building (planking and deck)

Stairs (inside)


Susceptibility to

Dry Wood borers:

durable – sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood)


class 1 – very durable


class D – durable


class 4 – not permeable

Janka Hardness:

  • 3,160 lbf (14,050 N)