Pithecellobium latifolium (L.) Benth.
Bucshilla (Peru); Guamo Macho (Peru); Ingarana (Colombia); Uña De Tigre (Colombia); Jíbaro (Ecuador)
Zygia latifolia (L.) Fawc. & Rendle; Zygia arborescens J. St. Hilaire; Pithecellobium chagrense Pittier; Mimosa latifolia L.; Inga latifolia (L.) Willd.; Feuilleea latifolia (L.) Kuntze; Calliandra latifolia (L.) Griseb.
The trees are reported to be large, reaching heights of up to 35 m, with trunk diameters of 70 cm. The boles are straight and cylindrical, with commercial lengths up to 30 m.
This species is reported in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Wood diffuse porous. Vessels solitary and in short radial multiples. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 150 to 200 micras (medium). Occasionally vessels with colored deposits. Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Simple perforation plates. Vessel-ray pits simi Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Occasionally axial parenchyma aliform. Axial parenchyma confluent. Rays less than 4 per mm (rare). Rays 1 to 2 seriate. Rays exclusively uniseriate. Silica bodies in the ray cells. Homogeneous rays and/or sub-homogeneous rays (all ray cells procumbent). Fibers very thin walled. Non-septate fibers. Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits. Fibers storied.
Odor or taste are absent.
The sapwood is creamy pink, the heartwood is pale brown color.
This species is reported to have typically straight or interlocked grain.
The wood is mostly medium in texture.
The wood surface is described as moderate in luster.
Ease of Drying: It is reported to air season and kiln dry rapidly. Drying Defects: When wet streaks or "brown heart" are present collapse and irregular drying rates are reported. In Colombia risk of twisting and cupping is reported.
Sawing of this species is reported to be rather difficult.
Wood of this species is easy to finish.
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