Astronium graveolens – Zorro

The trees can reach heights of 40 m, with trunk diameters ranging from 60 to 100 cm or more. They develop well-formed and cylindrical boles clear up to two thirds or more of the height of the tree.

Wood diffuses porous. Vessels solitary and in short radial multiples. Tyloses common.

General wood description

It has no discernible odor or taste.

The sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. The heartwood is usually reddish-brown or orange brown, with dark brown streaks, darkening after exposure.

Grain varies, it is straight to wavy or interlocked.

Texture is fine to medium.

It is very durable and it is resistant to wood rotting fungi. It is also resistant to termites and dry-wood insect attacks.

It is reported to be extremely resistant to preservative treatment.

Common names

Brasil: Ron Ron, Palo De Culebra, Palo De Cera, Jobillo, Guarita, Gonçalo Alves, Gateado, Frijolillo, Ciruelillo, Potrico, Zorro, Zebra Wood, Yomato, Vermelho, Ubatin, Tibigaro, Rorón, Quebracho, Quebracha, Hormigo, Locuswood, Jenjiura, Guasango, Urunday, Tiger Wood, Bossona, Bois De Zebre, Urunday-Pará, Mura, Zorrowood, Zebrawood, Tigerwood, Brazilian Kingwood, Gonçalo Alves Rajado Branco, Guarabu Encirado, Guarabu Bata, Guarabu Rajado, Jejuira, Gusanero, Muiraquatiara.

Referenced uses

Exterior general

  • Bridges
  • Paling
  • Rails
  • Crossarms
  • Crossties

Furniture and cabinets

  • Common furniture


  • Ornaments
  • Turned furniture
  • Cutlery


  • Heavy packing

Naval construction

  • Boat deck

Housing general

  • Beams
  • Joists
  • Boards
  • Flooring
  • Frames
  • Steps
  • Panelling

Plywood and veneer

  • Decorative veneer


  • Tool handles
  • Agricultural tools


  • Truck bodies
  • Truck flooring

300 metros al norte de la plaza de deportes,
Los Angeles de la Fortuna,
Provincia de Alajuela,
San Carlos, Costa Rica.
CP 21007