Couma macrocarpa – Popa

It is a large tree, with lengths of 30 to 40 m and up to 100 cm of diameter. It has abundant creamy latex.

It is reported from Guatemala, south to Brazil and Peru.

General wood description

It does not have a characteristic smell or taste.

The sapwood is not differentiated, the heartwood is reddish yellow when dry.

The grain is straight or interlocked.

It has a medium texture.

It has moderate shine.

The heartwood is susceptible to fungi that stain blue.

It is easy to impregnate.

Common names

Peru: Vacahosca; Perillo Negro; Leche Caspi

Brazil: Dukaballi; Cumá assú, Cuma Assu, Avichuri; Ama Apa, Popa; Perillo, Pendare, Palo De Vaca, Melkboom, Vaca Hosca, Sorva, Purva, Nienye, Juan Soco, Guaimaro Macho, Couma, Avichure, Milk Tree, Cow Tree.

Referenced uses

Housing General

  • Beams
  • Joists
  • Flooring
  • Steps

Furniture and Cabinets

Plywood and Veneer


  • Light packing

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