Matisia cordata Bonpl.
Sapote (Colombia); Sapote (Peru); Mame Colorado (Venezuela); Sapote (Ecuador); Zapote (Peru)
Quararibea cordata (Bonpl.) Vischer
It is a large tree, sometimes about 50 m in height, with a trunk diameter of 90 cm. The bole is straight and cylindrical, it presents slim but well developed buttresses.
Matisia cordata is commonly found in the Amazonian dry and rain forests. In primary forests it can grow in fairly homogeneous stands, it prefers well drained terra firme areas.
The species is reported to be distributed from Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Peru. It is reported to be abundant in the southern forests of Peru.
Matisia cordata is planted for its fruits in the tropical areas of Colombia and Peru.
Wood diffuse porous. Vessels solitary and in short radial multiples. Occasionally tangential diameter of vessel lumina 200 micras or more. Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Simple perforation plates. Vessel-ray pits similar to intervessel pits in size and sh Apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Prismatic crystals in non-chambered axial parenchyma cells. Occasionally prismatic crystals in chambered axial parenchyma cells and/or in fibers. Over 9 cells per parenchyma strand. Axial pare Rays more than 10 per mm (abundant). Rays of two distinct sizes. Rays non-storied. Larger rays more than 4 seriate. Rays exclusively uniseriate. Prismatic crystals in the ray cells. Heterogeneous rays and/or multiseriate heterogeneous rays. Body ray cells procum Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
This species is reported to have an almond smell.
The sapwood is not clearly differentiated, the heartwood is pale yellow when dry.
It has straight grain.
The texture is typically fine to medium.
Wood luster is reported to be rather high.
This species is easy to saw.
Planing is reported to be easy.
Molding is reported to be easy.
Boring is reported to be easy.
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