Dialyanthera gracilipes – Otobo

It reaches heights of 30 to 35 m, with a diameter of over 60 cm.

It prefers the tropical freshwater swampy forests of the Pacific coast.

Several species of this genus are reported to be distributed from Costa Rica and Panama through Venezuela, Colombia, and Peru.


General wood description

It has a typical odor when freshly cut.

The sapwood is pink, the heartwood is reddish yellow.

Straight grain.

Medium texture.

Moderate in luster.

The heartwood is rated as moderately permeable, and sapwood can be treated.

Common names

Panama: White Cedar

Costa Rica: Sebo

Venezuela: Otoba

Ecuador: Sangre De Gallina, Coco, Cuángare 

Colombia: Otobo, Cuángare 

Referenced uses

Housing General

  • Joists
  • Boards
  • Frames
  • Fittings

Plywood and Veneer


Other and Musical Instruments

  • Handicrafts
  • Moldings
  • Particleboard

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