This tree is small to medium sized, attaining heights of 15 to 20 m, eventually up to 30 m and diameters of 45 to 90 cm.
Wood diffuses porous. Vessels solitary and in short radial multiples.
It has a distinct odor, but no special taste.
The sapwood is pale yellow, clearly differentiated. The heartwood is reddish-brown, darkening to deep red after exposure.
The grain is interlocked.
Texture is medium to fine.
It is rated as highly resistant to attack by decay fungi. It has good resistance to termites and dry wood insects.
Very high durability
This species is impermeable, but for most uses it does not require a preservative treatment.
Paraguay: Incienso Colorado, Santos Mahogany, Palo de Bálsamo, Nabal, Incienso.
Costa Rica: Sándalo.
Brazil: Bálsamo, Óleo Vermelho, Kina, Kina Morado, Kina Kina, Cabreùva Vermelha, Cabreúva.
Perú: Quina Quina, Bálsamo, Chirraca, Cedro Chino, Cabriziva, Estoraque.
Ecuador: Bálsamo, Sándalo.
Bolivia: Quina Quina de Yungos, Bálsamo, Pino de Calabria, Greybark Pine, Bosnian Pine, Tache, Tolú, Quina Quina.
Colombia: Caboré, Bálsamo de Tolú, Balsamito, Bálsamo.
Furniture and Cabinets
Plywood and Veneer