Myroxylon balsamum – Bálsamo

Myroxylon balsamum – Bálsamo

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.

General wood description

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.

Medium luster.

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.

Common names

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.

Venezuela: Bálsamo.

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.

Argentina: Quina.

Colombia: Caboré, Bálsamo de Tolú, Balsamito, Bálsamo.

Referenced uses

Exterior General

  • Crossties

Housing General

  • Boards
  • Flooring
  • Steps

Furniture and Cabinets

Plywood and Veneer

  • Decorative Veneer




  • Tolls Handles
  • Agricultural Tools


  • Truck Bodies
  • Truck Flooring

Naval Construction

  • Port Pillar

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