Tree or shrub from 3 to 10 m high. The species grows at low and medium elevations, in dry or humid forests, from Mexico to Colombia.
This species grows in plains and hollows of the dry forest.
Striking stems due to the contrast between the grayish bark stained with whiter parts due to the exfoliation of the bark, usually very twisted. Cup extended, compressed, very thin.
The wood of this species has yellowish-white sapwood with grayish spots and yellowish-green heartwood, with fine, slightly dark veins; odorless, bitter taste, very lustrous and fine to medium texture, cross-linked and irregular grain, medium hardness and weight.
Panama: Espino amarillo, pino amarillo.
Colombia: Carbonero, hoyo de zorra, vainillo.
Venezuela: Caudero, Quebrahacha
Ecuador: Cascol blanco