Evergreen tree 5-20 m high, although it can reach up to 40 m, and DBH up to 150 cm, with a generally straight, cylindrical stem, with grooves at the bottom.
Indistinct or absent growth rings. Diffuse porosity. Vessels with radial orientation, multiple of 4 or more.
Dry wood with no distinctive odor
Heartwood uniform in color, dark reddish brown or purple, occasionally with dark streaks, clearly differentiated from the creamy-pink sapwood.
Straight or crisscross grain.
Texture soft marbling.
Heartwood very resistant to rot fungi, suitable for outdoor service in contact with the ground. Resistant to termites, but low resistance to marine borers.
Practically waterproof wood.
Mexico: Árbol del chicle, chapote, peruétano, xicotzápotl, zapote chico
Costa Rica: Níspero, níspero chicle
Nicaragua: Níspero, níspero de castilla
El Salvador: Níspero, zapote
Guatemala: Zapote, chicozapote
Honduras: Zapote, zapotillo
Colombia: Zapote de carne
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