Lati is sometimes called white wenge because of the similarity of its grain patterns to wenge (Millettia laurentii)—particularly on flatsawn surfaces. In both cases, this is due to very wide bands of parenchyma throughout the wood. The pale yellowish color tends to darken to a more golden yellow over time. Generally easy to work with hand and machine tools, though the wood has higher-than-average cutting resistance (as well as good wear resistance). Moderate blunting effect on cutting edges. Glues and finishes well.
|Wood Type||Tropical hardwood.|
|Texture||Uniformly coarse texture. Low natural luster.|
|Grain Pattern||Grain is straight.|
|Health Risks||Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with lati.|
|Color||Heartwood is a light yellowish brown. Yellowish sapwood isn’t always defined from heartwood.|