Dipteryx panamensis – Almendro

Dipteryx panamensis – Almendro

It is present from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, to Brazil.

Can reach up to 50m in height and 150cm in diameter. The trunk is straight and cylindrical with medium to well developed buttresses. 

General wood description

Distinctive and characteristic odor.

The color of the heartwood is described as brown yellow to reddish brown, with dark fine veins.

Low to medium shine

The grain is frequently interlocked, sometimes severely. 

The wood is medium textured.

Very high durability.

Extremely heavy wood that shows low linear shrinkage and moderately stable volumetric shrinkage.

It is resistant to fungi attack and does not need to be preserved.


Common names

Costa Rica: Almendro

Panamá: Almendro

Venezuela: Sarrapia

Colombia: Sarrapia 

Brazil: Cumara, Cumaru

Perú: Shihuahuaco, Charapilla, Cumarut

Referenced uses


  • Bridges
  • Poles
  • Stakes Posts
  • Rails
  • Crossarms
  • Crossties

General Housing

  • Beams
  • Joists
  • Boards
  • Flooring
  • Frames
  • Steps

Furniture and Cabinets

Plywood and Veneer

  • Decorative Veneer


  • Ornaments
  • Turned Furniture


  • Tool Handles
  • Agricultural Tools
  • Containers
  • Truck Bodies
  • Truck Flooring

Naval Construction

  • Port Pillar

Musical Instruments

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