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
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.