Jatoba

Jatoba (Hymenaea courbaril)

 

Common Names: Jatoba, Brazilian Cherry

 

Distribution: Central America, Southern Mexico, Northern South America and the West Indies

 

Color/Appearance: Heartwood varies from a light orangish brown to a darker reddish brown, sometimes with contrasting darker grayish brown streaks. Color tends to darken upon exposure to light. Sapwood is a light grayish yellow, clearly demarcated from the heartwood.

 

Janka Hardness: 2,690 lbf

 

Density: 4.75lb/b.f.

 

Allergies/Toxicity: Jatoba has been reported to cause skin irritation.

 

Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no

 

Common Uses: Flooring, furniture, cabinetry, tool handles, shipbuilding, railroad ties, turned objects and other small specialty items.

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