The TreeA large tree up to 45m in height and diameters of 1.5m to 2m in the Amazon region; 0.9m to 1.2m in Colombia. Logs of up to 21m in length can be obtained.
The TimberThe heartwood is straw yellow in colour with a pinkish tinge and not easily distinguishable from the sapwood. The timber is rather coarse textured with a grain that is frequently interlocked.
DryingCare is required as the timber has a tendency to warp or twist. There is also a high risk of casehardening and surface checking.
StrengthThe timber has slightly higher strength values than oak.
Working QualitiesMedium - difficult. Moderately difficult to work due to the variations in texture and interlocked grain.
Latin NameCaryocar villosum
Also known asAlmendro (Brazil), Piquia bravo (Brazil)
TextureMedium to coarse
OriginCosta Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Guianas