Cariniana pyriformis – Chibugá

Tree that reaches 30 to 40 m in height and diameters of 100 to 200 cm. Parasolate cup. Straight and cylindrical trunk, with well developed sneakers and deep roots. External bark of dark brown color, quite fissured, which is detached in long strips that are used as ties; creamy white inner bark and fibrous appearance.

It is found in northeast Colombia and northwest Venezuela.

General wood description

Non-distinctive odor.

Light pinkish brown sapwood with gradual transition to dark pinkish brown heartwood.

Straight to crisscross grain.

The texture is accentuated veining defined by vascular lines, satin, marbled, overlapping arches and occasionally bands of darker characteristic coloration.

Luster is moderate to accentuated.

Very high durability. The wood is resistant to the attack of fungi and insects, although it can be attacked by termites, jokes and pins; not suitable for outdoor use.

Rather difficult to process with a saw due to its high silica content.

It is poorly permeable, the heartwood is impossible to treat by the different known methods, the sapwood is permeable.

Common names

Colombia: Albarco, Caobano, Chibuya, Caoba Falsa, Cobano, Coco Abarco, Coco Huasco, Jequitiva, Castanha de Macaco, Fono Tallador, Humajotina, Meringue-Meniee, Nomana, Nomena, Papelillo, Poná, Tabarí, Tabaricjke.

Brasil: Cerú, Chorao, Choro, Chupa, Jequitiba, Tauary, Pau Caixao, Pau Carga.

Bolivia: Yesquero.

Perú: Cachimbo, Caspi, Papelillo Caspi; Machimango.

Venezuela: Bacú.

USA: Colombian mahogany.

Gran Bretaña: Jequitiva red.

Referenced uses


  • Transmission poles
  • Rafters

General Housing

  • Beams
  • Joists
  • Floors
  • Parquet
  • Ladder rungs

Furniture and cabinets

  • Fine furniture
  • Common furniture
  • Cabinets

Plywood and veneer

  • Facing
  • Cores
  • Decorative veneer
  • Peeled veneer


  • Turned articles



  • Truck bodies
  • Freight car floors 
  • Containers

Naval Construction

  • Boats

Other and musical instruments

  • Pencils
  • Shoes

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