Common Name: Bloodwood Cacique
Bloodwood Cacique is an evergreen tree with a small crown; it can grow up to 40 metres tall but us ally smaller[
]. The straight bole has high prop roots and can be 50 - 70cm in diameter[
]. The tree is apparently without buttresses[
The tree is commonly exploited in the wild for its high quality wood, which is exported to many countries[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, north through Central America to Panama and Costa Rica.
Wet evergreen forests at low elevations[
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Prefers a position with some shade[
Newly planted young trees have a moderate rate of growth[
The latex is drunk as a medication for colds or for coughing[
The heartwood is dark red, often with darker veins; it is clearly demarcated from the 4 - 20cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is fine; the grain straight or interlocked. The wood is very hard, dense, very heavy; durable, with a high resistance to wood-eating organisms. It is slow to season, with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is stable in service. The wood has a fairly high blunting effect, stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; it finishes well with a beautiful polish; nailing and screwing are good, but pre-boring is required; gluing is correct for internal purposes, but requires care because of the denseness of the wood. A very good quality wood, it is used for making high value items such as furniture, musical instruments, parquet flooring, wood ware, turned goods and fancy carpentry[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. Sow in individual containers, placed in partial shade. Germination rates are usually low, with the seed sprouting within 40 - 60 days[
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