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Botanical Name: Prioria copaifera
Species Distribution: Central America Latin America COUNTRIES: Belize Bolivia Colombia Costa Rica Jamaica Nicaragua Panama Venezuela
Physical and Environmental Profile: This species is officially classified as either Extinct, Endangered, Vulnerable, or Rare in Costa Rica and Panama. It is known to belong to one of the categories its actual status cannot be determined because of inadequate information. Its status in the wild is also listed as unknown because of inadequate information in most of its growth range including, Jamaica, Belize, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Colombia, and Venezuela (Source - World Conservation Monitoring Center - 1992 ). Distribution The species is reported to occur in the lowland regions from Nicaragua to Colombia, and is often found in pure stands. Product Sources It is currently unknown whether some material from this species is available from sustainably managed, salvaged, recycled, or other environmentally responsible sources. The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) reports that the species is an important source of timber. The timber is reported to be exported at a low but regular rate.
Tree Data: The tree is reported to attain a height of 75 to 100 feet (23 to 30 m), with a trunk diameter that is often 18 to 40 inches (45 to 100 cm), sometimes reaching 48 to 60 inches (120 to 150 cm). Boles are clear to 40 to 50 feet (12 to 15 m).
Lumber: The sapwood is initially pinkish to white but turns dingy on the surface due to oily exudations. Heartwood Color The heartwood is medium to light brown, and is often attractively streaked. The wood is straight-grained. Texture The texture is rather fine and uniform. Luster The wood surface is described as superficially dull, with a golden luster underneath. Odor There is no distinctive odor or taste.
Natural Durability: The timber is reported to be vulnerable to attack by the white-rot fungi, and is generally rated as non-resistant to decay. Resistance to Impregnation The timber is reported to respond very well to preservative treatment. Oil Content Oily exudations are reported to be common.
The Beauty: Black Maya is an incredibly beautiful wood. Truly a gift for any one to be able to find some and then have the pleasure to magnify it's inherent nature. We have very rarely come across the actual lumber. Only many stories of how wonderfully beautiful is. We were fortunate enough to acquire a little more of this material once again.