Dominant tree, in some cases exceeding 30 m in height. Straight trunk with a cylindrical – conical shape, sometimes with the presence of basal fins 60 to 90 cm high and a widened trunk at the base.
It inhabits the humid and very humid tropical forest, sometimes forming pure stands.
It is found in Cuba, Costa Rica, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Suriname.
It does not have an odor.
The freshly cut heartwood is light salmon color, turning reddish brown to brown when dry. The sapwood is pinkish when freshly cut, when it dries it turns pale brown or greyish, often with spots.
The grain is straight to slightly crisscrossed.
The semi-pronounced marbling due to the size of the pores and growth rings.
The heartwood is moderately resistant to fungi, susceptible to dry wood termites, and difficult to treat. The sapwood is moderately treatable.
It has the presence of oleo-resins.
In the hot and cold bathing process, the sapwood shows zero absorption, while the heartwood shows poor absorption. In the vacuum-pressure process, the sapwood shows good absorption while the heartwood shows poor absorption. When applying water-soluble salts by the vacuum-pressure method, the sapwood shows high absorption and the heartwood good absorption. Good penetration of borates by diffusion.
Colombia: Mazabalo, Andiroba, Guino, Tangare.
Ecuador: Tangare, Figueroa.
Brasil: Landiroba, Carapa, Bois Caille, Cahcipou, Pará Mahogany, Jandiroba, Nandiroba.
Costa Rica: Cedro Macho, Caobilla.
Panamá: Cedro Bate.
Furniture and cabinets
Plywood and veneer