Common Name(s): white wood
Scientific Name: Endospermum macrophyllum
Distribution: Native to Fiji, Vanuatu, and Santa Cruz Islands; also grown on plantations throughout Pacific Islands
Janka Hardness: 550 lbf
Color/Appearance: Heartwood and sapwood are not differentiated, Whitish – pale cream in color.
Grain/Texture: texture is intermediate. The timber is generally straight grained and slightly interlocked.
Workability: Kauvula saws and machines easily in both green and dry conditions. Machined surfaces are generally very good. Glues and finishes well.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is on the IUCN Red List. It is listed as endangered due to a very limited area of occupancy (less than 500 km2), as well as a decline and deforestation of its natural habitat. However, this species is also grown commercially on plantations.
Common Uses: Kauvula is an excellent timber for moldings, interior finishing, kitchen cabinets and furniture, joinery, and flooring.