Family - Sapotaceae
Distribution - West Indies, Central and South America
Other Names: Abeille, Acana, Almiqui, Aus, Ausabo, Ausubo, Balata burue / franc / gomme / rouge, Beefwood, Boeti, Bolletri, Bolletrie, Borowe, Botrie, Bulletwood, Bully, Bully tree, Chicozapota, Chicozapote, Horseflesh, Iriar, Kobero, Macaranduba, Maparajuba, Massarandu, Miurajuba, Nispero, Paardevleeshout, Pamashto, Paraju, Purgio, Purgo, Purue, Quinilla colorada, Red balata, Red lancewood, Sapotille, South American mahogany
Characteristics: The heartwood is light red to rose red. The sapwood is whitish or pale brown. The grain is usually straight, but sometimes interlocked. The texture is fine and uniform. The wood is hard and extremely heavy and weighs about 1050kg/m3 when dry.
Working Qualities: Moderately easy to work despite being hard. It machines and finishes to a very smooth finish. The wood takes a fine polish. Gluing requires special care.
Uses: Boat frames, heavy construction, decks, bridges and flooring.