It is a dominant tree, it attains heights from 30 to 45 m, diameter at breast height between 45 and 90 cm or more.
The boles are straight and cylindrical.
It is found in the tropical forests of northern South America.
It has no distinct odor or taste.
The sapwood and heartwood are clearly differentiated. The heartwood is described as bright purple upon exposure.
The grain is typically straight, sometimes interlocked.
The wood has a medium to fine texture ando medium to high luster.
The heartwood is resistant to decay fungi attack and to termites, but it is less resistant to marines borers.
It is very difficult to treat, but for most applications preservative treatments are not required.
Extremely heavy wood
Brasil: Violet Wood, Sapatere, Sapater, Sacka, Rajado, Pao Violeta, Marado, Malako, Lastan, Kuruburelli, Kuraburelli, Kouburelli, Koroborelli, Kooroobovelli, Kooroobooelli, Guarabu, Ellongrypho, Dastan, Bois Violet, Bois Puurpre, Barabu, Violeta, Bois Pourpre, Violetwood, Tananeo, Sakavalli, Saka, Purperhart, Palo Morado, Pau Roxo.
Bolivia: Palo Concha, Morado.
Venezuela: Palo Morado, Nazareno, Morado, Zapatero.
Guyana: Koroboreli, Guarab, Amaranth, Amarante, Purpleheart.
Colombia: Cananeo, Tananeo, Nazareno
Costa Rica: Nazareno
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