Fabaceae Or Leguminosae - The Legume Family
Balsamo, Cabriziva, Cedro Chino, Chirraca, Estoraque, Incienso, Nabal, Oleo Vermelho, Palo De Balsamo, Santos Mahogany, Sandalo, Tache, Tolu
Both Interior and Exterior
Cabinets, Flooring, Furniture, Interior Trim, Millwork, Mouldings, Turning
This tree grows in southern Mexico, the Pacific Coast of Central America, down into South America as a are south as Argentina.
The sapwood is white in color, which contrasts with the reddish-brown heartwood. Upon cutting the heartwood can darken with exposure to a deep red, almost purplish-red color. The texture varies from medium to fine, the grain is typically interlocked and ripple marks or stripes are common, especially on quarter sawn grain.
This wood can be very tough on tooling, even though is does not contain silica. Historically this tree was used to produce resin balsamo (balsam) which many ascribed medicinal purposes to.