Distribution: Costa Rica south through Panama to Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador. Frequently found in coastal areas on well-drained soils. Almost pure stands report in the Darien Province of Panama.
The Tree: Commonly attains diameters of 3 to 5 ft, total height frequently ranges from 75 to 150 ft. Forest-grown trees often have clear boles 30 to 60 ft. Some basal swelling but no well- developed buttress.
General Characteristics: Heartwood on exposure becomes a fairly uniform russet brown with a golden or reddish cast; sapwood is 6 to 10 in. thick, grayish white with more or less pinkish tinge, sharply demarcated from heartwood. Wood has a fairly high luster and is attractively marked by prominent vessel lines; medium to coarse textured and typically has an interlocked grain with a pronounced stripe. Distinctive odor and taste are lacking.