Wood from the laurel tree, Octotea rodioei, native to Guyana in South America. Greenheart wood is hard, durable, dense, and greenish black in color. It is valued for building ships, docks, and locks. Greenheart wood weathers well and is resistant to water, fungi, termites, and marine borers. Other woods are also been called greenheart and used as substitutes, such as dahoma, almendro, bethabara, manbarklak, and angelique.
Synonyms and Related Terms
bibiru; bebeeru; bebeerine; Octotea rodioei
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 376
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "Greenheart." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2004. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. 12 May 2004 .