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Brazilian Cherry ............... Jatoba
Trade or Common Name: Brazilian Cherry, Jatoba, courbaril Local Name: Guapinol
Botanical Name: Hymenaea courbaril Family: Caesalpiniaceae
The Tree: Trees are reported to be often less than 100 feet (30 m) in height, with trunk diameters of 24 to 48 inches (60 t0 120 cm). They sometimes attain heights of about 130 feet (40 m) and trunk diameters of 60 to 72 inches (150 to 180 cm). Trees usually develop clear boles that are 40 to 80 feet (12 to 24 m) long, and may have swollen bases or buttresses, depending upon the size.
Status: Brazilian cherry growth range is reported to include Cape Verde Islands, throughout West Indies from Cuba and Jamaica to Trinidad and Tobago. Also from central Mexico to Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, and French Guiana.
The Wood: Brazilian cherry is a very beautiful
Uses: Brazilian Cherry is prized for its pleasing color, beauty and durability. It is used in fine furniture and cabinetry, flooring, stair treads, parquet, architectural details, shipbuilding, joinery and turnery.
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