Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa)


Common Names: Cocobolo, Cocobola, Cocabola


Distribution: Central America


Color/Appearance: Cocobolo can be seen in a kaleidoscope of different colors, ranging from yellow, orange, red and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. Sapwood is typically a very pale yellow.


Janka Hardness: 2,960 lbf


Density: 5.75 lb/b.f.


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 2.7%

Tangential (width): 4.3%,

Volumetric (total): 7.0%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.6


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Notoriously allergenic. Reported as a sensitizer; can cause skin, eye and respiratory irritation, as well as nausea, pink-eye and asthma-like symptoms.


Controlled species: CITES: yes (listed on CITES Appendix II under the genus-wide restriction on all Dalbergia species—which also includes finished products made of the wood) IUCN: yes (IUCN Red List as vulnerable due to a population reduction of over 20% in the past three generations


Common Uses: Fine furniture, musical instruments, turnings and other small specialty objects.


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