Easily identified in the forest because of its unique canopy and branches;
leaves are usually bright and the asymmetric shape of leaflets can be
clearly seen through binoculars; erect grayish to reddish fruits located
at the tip of branchlets are very conspicuous, measuring more than 10
cm in length. It is a big tree, reaching 50 meters in height with a clean
trunk up to 25 meters; adult trees have a 75 - 150-cm diameter at breast
height and buttresses may rise to 4 meters. Bark is dark reddish brown
with many deep fissures along the trunk.
Found at 0 - 400 m.a.s.l. in subtropical moist forests and subtropical wet forests. Found from southern Mexico to the Amazon basin..
Wood from this species is considered to be one of the best known in the world. Used and sort after mainly for expensive furniture and decorative pieces all over the world.
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