Carapa guianensis aubl – Caobilla

Carapa guianensis aubl – Caobilla

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.

General wood description

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.

Medium brightness.

The heartwood is moderately resistant to fungi, susceptible to dry wood termites, and difficult to treat. The sapwood is moderately treatable.

High Durability.

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.

Common names

Colombia: Mazabalo, Andiroba, Guino, Tangare.

Ecuador: Tangare, Figueroa.

Perú: Andiroba.

Venezuela: Carapa.

Brasil: Landiroba, Carapa, Bois Caille, Cahcipou, Pará Mahogany, Jandiroba, Nandiroba.

Cuba: Nagesi.

Costa Rica: Cedro Macho, Caobilla.

Panamá: Cedro Bate.

Guyana: Crabwood.

Referenced uses

General housing

  • Beams
  • Floors

Furniture and cabinets

Plywood and veneer

  • Decorativa veneers

Naval Construction

  • Ships
  • Masts
  • Native Canoe


  • Turned Articles
  • Pencils

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