In low lying humid regions it is a tall, thin tree with a narrow, sparse and open crown, minimum bifurcation forming a single trunk measuring 15-20 m, reaching heights of 40 m and up to 1 meter in Diameter at Breast Height, although diameters of around 50 cm are the most common.
Generally inhabited by ants.
Grows in a broad variety of climates and soils. Survives under light shade and a range of nutritional conditions, as demonstrated by its widespread occurrence in degraded or abandoned areas at some point used for pasture or for slash-and-burn agriculture.
Has a characteristic aromatic odor, when dry, no distinctive odor
Sapwood yellowish to light maroon in color; gradual to abrupt color transition to heartwood from:
with longitudinal woodgrain of a darker color; vascular lines clearly visible to the naked eye.
Straight to irregular grain.
Light to accented veining.
Luster: Medium to high.
The heartwood is very resistant to termites, rotting in-ground and fungi, although sapwood is considerably more susceptible.
Wood is difficult to treat through creosote immersion. Creosote treatment with vacuum and pressure is moderately difficult.
America Central: Laurel, Laurel Negro, Laurel Blanco.
México: Bojón, Bojón Prieto, Hormiguero.
Puerto Rico, Islas del Caribe: Capá Prieto.
Trinidad y Tobago: Cypre.
Colombia: Nogal Cafetero, Nogal Mu, Moho, Mo, Canalete, Canalete de Humo, Prieto, Solera, Vara de Humo, Laurel Negro, Pardillo.
Ecuador: Laurel Negro, Laurel Prieto, Laurel Macho, Laurel Blanco, Laurel de Montaña, Laurel de Cerro, Laurel.
Perú: Árbol de Ajo.
Venezuela: Pardillo, Canalete, Laurel Blanco, Cuajaro.
Paraguay y Argentina: Peterebí.
Brasil: Freijo Branco, Louro Amarello, Pau Cachorro, Urua, Uruazeiro.
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