Tree 10 to 40 m tall. The species grows at low and medium elevations, in humid or very humid forests.
It goes from Mexico to Panama.
In South America it is found in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Peru.
Little marking between heartwood and sapwood. Light brown heartwood and white sapwood. It is thick in texture. It has an imperceptible smell and taste. Dull wood. It is wavy and sloping grain. There are no growth rings. It is considered as a light wood.
Panama: Flor de mayo, mayo blanco
Costa Rica: Cebo, chancho
Nicaragua: Barbachele, palo de agua
Belize: San Juan
Guatemala: San Juan
Honduras: San Juan