Spondias mombin L.
Hogplum; Hobo Colorado (Colombia); Jobo Macho (Colombia); Itahuba (Bolivia); Cedrillo (Bolivia); Jobo (Colombia); Jobo (Ecuador); Ajuelo (Ecuador); Ushun (Peru); Shungu (Peru); Uvos (Bolivia); Ubos (Bolivia); Coropa (Venezuela); Ciruelo De Hueso (Venezuela); Taperiba (Brazil); Jocote (Costa Rica); Pok (Guatemala); Monbín (Haiti); Jobobán (Dominican Rep.); Ubos (Peru); Yellow Mom; Wild Plum; Uvos (Peru); Ubo; Pau Da Tapera (Brazil); Mope; Mombin; Jobo Blanco; Jobito (Cuba); Hog Plum; Hoeboe; Hobu; Hobo (Ecuador); Ciruela De Job; Ciruela Amarilla; Ciruela; Caja Seira (Brazil); Caja Mirim (Brazil); Caja (Brazil); Bala; Acaiba (Brazil); Yellow Mombin; Jobo Corronchoso (Venezuela); Jobo (Mexico); Hubu
Spondias zanzee G. Don; Spondias venulosa (Engl.) Engl.; Spondias radlkoferi Donn. Sm.; Spondias purpurea var. venulosa Engl.; Spondias pseudomyrobalanus Tussac; Spondias oghigee G. Don; Spondias nigrescens Pittier; Spondias myrobalunus L.; Spondias lutea L.; Spondias lutea var. maxima Engl.; Spondias lutea var. glabra Engl.; Spondias lucida Salisb.; Spondias graveolens Macfad.; Spondias dubia A. Rich.; Spondias cythera Tussac; Spondias axillaris Roxb.; Spondias aurantiaca Thoen & Schum.
The trees are reported to be large, reaching heights of up to 40 m, with trunk diameters of 120 cm. The boles are cylindrical, with commercial lengths of about 18 to 24 m. It presents small buttresses.
Spondias mombin is widely distributed in the tropical and subtropical primary and secondary forests of America. In its natural distribution it is found in varzea and terra firme forests.
In tropical America, its original natural distribution, it is found from southern Mexico to Bolivia.
It is planted in the tropics for its fruits and also as a living fence.
Wood diffuse porous. Vessels solitary and in short radial multiples. Occasionally tangential diameter of vessel lumina 200 micras or more. Tyloses common. Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Simple perforation plates. Vessel-ray pits coarse throughout the ray c Axial parenchyma absent or extremely rare, non visible with magnifying glass (8x). Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. 3 to 4 cells per parenchyma strand. 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Rays less than 4 per mm (rare). Occasionally larger rays more than 4 seriate. Prismatic crystals in the ray cells. Heterogeneous rays and/or multiseriate heterogeneous rays. Body ray cells procumbent with one row of upright and/or Septate fibers present. Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
Odor and taste are reported to be indistinct.
The sapwood is indistinct from the heartwood. The color of the heartwood is pale yellow.
The grain is straight to slightly interlocked.
The texture is coarse.
The wood is fairly lustrous.
It is susceptible to fungi, termites and marine borers attack. Logs should be processed as soon as possible after felling.
This wood is easy to preserve.
Ease of Drying: Air seasoning is reported to be fairly rapid.
Cutting resistance is generally low.
It is used for plywood cores.
It is used for plywood cores.
The wood exerts very little blunting effect on cutting tools.
The timber is reported to respond well to machining operations, but fuzzy surfaces are reported.
The timber is reported to work easily in planing, it can generally be finished to a smooth, clean surface.
The material responds moderately well to molding operations.
Boring operations are reported to be rather easy, and bored surfaces are generally clean.
It is a very soft wood, nail-holding properties are reported to be fair.
The wood is reported to glue well.
The material is reported to sand readily to yield clean and smooth surfaces in most cases.
The material is reported to polish well.
Response to hand tools is reported to be good.
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