Gouepi (Guyana); Icaquillo (Cuba); Caripé (Brazil); Icaquito (Venezuela); Carbonero (Peru); Cenizo (Colombia); Carbonero (Colombia)
Some variation is reported according to the location, but it is often about 20 m or more in height. The diameter over the buttresses is 70 cm, with commercial heights of 18 m.
This species occurs in the tropical rain forests of America.
It is reported in Cuba, Guyana, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru.
Wood diffuse porous. Vessels in diagonal and/or radial pattern. Vessels exclusively solitary (over 90%). Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 200 micras or more (large). Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Vascular/vasicentric tracheides present. Simple perfora Apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Axial parenchyma in continuous tangential lines or fine bands. 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Rays non-storied. Rays 1 to 2 seriate. Silica bodies in the ray cells. Body ray cells procumbent with over 4 rows of upright and/or square marginal cells (Kribs-I). Fibers very thick walled. Fibers with distinctly bordered pits.
It has a typical smell.
The sapwood is pale brown, the heartwood gradually changes into pink color.
The direction of the grain is straight to slightly interlocked.
The wood is mostly coarse in texture.
Timber of this species is moderate in luster.
Silica Content: It is reported to have a high silica content which may cause a moderate to severe blunting effect while processing the wood. Silica Value: 1
Ease of Drying: It is reported to air dry at a moderate rate. Drying Defects: Slight checking and warping.
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