a wide range from southern Mexico southward through Central
America and continuing to Argentina.
General Characteristics: Trees
grow up to 100 ft, usually 50 to 65 ft and 18 to 36 in.
in diameter. Heartwood is reddish brown becoming deep red
or somewhat purplish upon exposure; fairly uniform to striped;
sharply demarcated from the white sapwood. Luster medium
to high; texture is medium; grain is typically interlocked;
without distinctive taste, but may have a pleasant spicy
Weight: Basic specific gravity
(ovendry weight/green volume) 0.74 to 0.81; air-dry density
54 to 62 pcf.
Working Properties: It is
reported to be moderately difficult to work but can be
finished smoothly with a high natural polish. Though nonsiliceous,
there is more than the usual dulling of the cutter.
Durability: The heartwood
is reported to be highly resistant to attack by decay fungi.
Preservation: Both sapwood
and heartwood are highly resistant to preservative treatments.