K20561  Monkey Pod Wood

K20561 Monkey Pod Wood

K20561 Monkey Pod Wood



  • Wood Information

    Common name (English)

    Monkey Pod - Raintree

    Common name (Spanish) Cenízaro

    Scientific name Samanea saman / Phitecellobium saman

    Distribution or habitat

    Monkeypod is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is native to the Neotropics. Its range extends from Mexico south to Peru and Brazil, but it has been widely introduced to South and Southeast Asia, as well as the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii.


    Color tends to be a golden to dark brown, sometimes with darker streaks. Sapwood is usually thin and yellow/white, clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Monkeypod is sometimes seen with highly figured curly or wild grain patterns. Grain is usually straight, but can also be interlocked or wavy. Texture is medium to coarse, with medium to large open pores and a moderate natural luster.

    Technical specs

    Janka hardness

    900 pounds-force

    4010 Newtons

    Average dried weight

    600 kg/m3

    Color and Appearance

    Golden to dark brown

    Commercial notes


    Monkeypod is generally easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though any interlocked grain may result in fuzzy or torn grain during planing operations. Glues and finishes well.


    Rated as durable to very durable regarding decay resistance, Monkeypod is also resistant to most insect attacks.