Tropical timber atlas

Technological characteristics and uses

by Jean Gérard (editorial coordination), Daniel Guibal (writer), Sébastien Paradis (writer), Jean-Claude Cerre (writer)
Collection: Guide pratique
november 2017
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This atlas presents technical information for professionals who process and use temperate or tropical timber. It combines the main technical characteristics of 283 tropical species and 17 species from temperate regions most commonly used in Europe with their primary uses. Each data sheet is accompanied by two photos of sawn wood (flat sawn and quarter sawn, or flat sawn and half quarter sawn), two macro photographs, and for certain species, an illustration of how the wood can be used.

This publication will be most useful to operators in the wood industry, including producers (forest managers, operating companies, political decision-makers) and consumers (importers, traders, processors, purchasers, architects, main contractors and builders). The Atlas serves as a tool of reference for teaching and training in the forest and wood sectors in tropical regions. Its purpose is to promote the most appropriate uses for each species according to its characteristics and in line with the motto: “the right wood in the right place”.

This book was produced by the Wood team of CIRAD’s BioWooEB Research Unit with financial support from the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). It is the product of thirty years of research in wood technology science, provided by numerous contributors. It was coordinated using version 7 of Tropix, released by CIRAD.


The French version of this book, Atlas des bois tropicaux, is available on our website.

La version française de ce titre, Atlas des bois tropicaux, est disponible sur notre site.




User guide: general information

Wood species 



Web sites


Index of botanical names

Common names / Pilot names

List of contributors

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Language(s): English

Publisher: Éditions Quae

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Guide pratique

Published: 30 november 2017

Reference eBook [ePub]: 02617EPB

Reference eBook [PDF]: 02617NUM

EAN13 eBook [ePub]: 9782759227716

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759227709

Interior: Two-colour

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 1000

Size: 140 Mo (ePub), 47 Mo (PDF)