Cynometra retusa is a tree that usually grows around 12 - 15 metres tall, but with specimens reported to reach 30 metres. The bole is usually around 50cm in diameter, occasionally to 100cm, usually with buttresses[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of charcoal.
C. America - Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, southern Mexico.
An understorey tree in wet forest, often at or near the edge of tidal streams, at elevations up to 400 metres. It is most often found at the very edge of the water, often leaning out across it[
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The heartwood is pale brown, merging into the lighter-coloured sapwood. The wood is hard, strong, tough, fairly straight-grained, fine-textured, not durable[
A good fuel, the wood is also used for making charcoal[
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