Garapa Wood Slabs – FSC® Certified is also available

Garapa - Hardwood lumber products

Garapa – Wood Slabs


Garapa is a wood that not only serves as a slab but excels. With a Janka rating high enough to not dent and scratch easily but soft enough it does not dull blades quickly, Garapa makes a great slab. As with Angelim Stone, Garrote has to be dried correctly to get all of its uses correct. It should be dried relatively slowly and consistently so it does not check and crack. Seeing Brazilian Ash as a deck is impressive but when able to see the entire slab, it’s jaw dropping. The sapwood when freshly cut is not distinctly demarcated but the wood oxidizes to its final color, the heartwood becomes distinct from the sapwood. The sapwood stays the yellowish cream color where the heartwood darkens to a beautiful golden brown hue. The amount of figure that is sometimes present is stunning. It can make the figure in the heartwood 3 dimensional look. It takes a good and dry finish when stable. The closed grain and small pores make enjoyable sanding and can be done to a polish-like result. Sharp cutters should be used for surfacing because of the amount of silica that is naturally present in the wood. This can cause difficulty if using low-grade steel or carbide. Cross cutting and ripping is done with fantastic results. Only the highest quality Grapia logs are chosen to be cut into slabs. Some of the best reasons to cut the highest quality logs into slabs are because: Slabs have the highest yield of any form and using the most wood out of a tree is imperative to sustainable harvest which we are committed to A slab that comes from a lesser quality log will be prone to be less stable Voids in some logs mean that they would not be suitable for slabs We believe that offering some of our Muirajuba in the highest possible yield is imperative to keep our wholesalers competitive in an ever changing wood world. Our experience with Amarealao means you can always be assured that we will supply you the very best slabs. Just imagine being able to sell high quality slab that matches some of the lumber you supply. This can be the thing that gives you an edge over your competitors and something very few mills can offer with integrity and quality. Give us a call or email us to see what we have available or what we are expecting to be available shortly.

Common Name:

Info coming soon

Botanical Name:

Apuleia Leiocarpa

Indigenous to:

The variety “molaris” is found in the Amazonian forest, mainly in flooded areas. The main species, Apuleia leiocarpa is found mainly in the South of Brazil, in the Atlantic coast forests, easily colonizing cleared areas.

Modulus of Rupture:

18,530 lbf/in2 (127.8 MPa)


Radial: 4.2%, Tangential: 7.5%, Volumetric: 11.4%, T/R Ratio: 1.8

How is it dried:

kiln-dried (KD)

Is it dried quickly:

No should be dried slowly


Moderately Stable to Stable

Exterior Wood Recommendation:

Use class ensured by natural durability: class 2 – inside or under cover (dampness possible)
Species covering the use class 5: YesAgainst dry wood borer attacks:does not require any preservative treatment
In case of risk of temporary humidification: requires appropriate preservative treatment
In case of risk of permanent humidification: use not recommendedThe natural durability of Grapia is very variable. In some cases, this variability can be observed inside
the same piece of wood. This species cannot be used without appropriate preservative treatment for
end-uses under use class 3 except for some parts of a work such as windows, less exposed than
others (entrance doors, shutters, …).
This species naturally covers the use class 5 (end-uses in marine environment or in brackish water)
due to its high silica content. However, it is not recommended to use it in case of strong structural
constraints due to its medium mechanical properties; it is most suitable for end-uses like shipbuilding.

Fastening Method:

Nailing / screwing: good but pre-drilling is necessary
Gluing: Yes

Ecosystem impact:

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Toxicity and allergic reactions:

Although severe reactions are uncommon, Garapa has been reported to occasionally cause skin irritation.


Nothing discernable

Products we manufacture using this species:

decking, flooring, dimensional lumber, E4E, S4S, RS (Rough Sawn), deck tiles, and table slabs

Other common uses:

Exterior joinery Light carpentry
Heavy carpentry Hydraulic works (seawater)
Ship building (ribs) Cooperage
Turned goods Current furniture or furniture components
Wood frame house Flooring
Industrial or heavy flooring Interior joinery
Ship building Stairs (inside)
Vehicle or container flooring Cabinetwork (high class furniture)
Tool handles (resilient woods) Formwork
Boxes and crates Wood-ware
Note: Finishing is easy but filling is recommended.

Susceptibility to

Dry Wood borers:

Durable – sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood)


Class 3 – moderately durable


Class M – moderately durable


Class 3 – poorly permeable

Janka Hardness:

  • 1700 lbf (20,040 N)