Leguminosae - The Legume Family
Almendro, Charapilla, Cumarut, Ebo, Sarrapia, Tonka
Both Interior and Exterior
Decking, Flooring, Millwork, Mouldings
Cumaru grows in the north-eastern countries of South America, and prefers sandy or gravelly soil that is well drained.
The sapwood is a yellowish-brown in color and is distinct from the heartwood, which is a reddish-brown to purplish-brown in color, that may have yellowish-brown or purple streaks in it. With exposure to light the streaks dissipate and the overall color becomes more uniform. The grain tends to be interlocked, and has a fine to medium texture. It is also said the wood often has an oily or waxy feel.
While the wood is heavy, and fairly tough to machine, it is the perfect wood for flooring or decking because of its strength and hardness properties.