Gavilan Limon

Gavilan Limon (Pentaclethra macroloba)


Common names: Bois mulatre, fine-leaf, paracachy, paraná-cachy, quebracho, wild tamarind,  Oil bean tree, Gavilán, quebracho, palo de aceite, sangredo, carbonero, mulato  parachy, paranacachy, paroa-caxi, pracaxy, koeroebaharo, koloballi.


Distribution : Nicaragua to the Amazon, including the Guianas and the West Indies


Color/appearance : The sapwood of the tree is whitish,  drying to pink, while the heartwood is reddish brown. The wood has straight or interlocked grain, medium texture, and moderate

luster. It is a heavier wood, making it perfect for furniture use.


Janka hardness: 2370 lbf


Density: 4.42 lbf


Allergies/Toxicity: Both seeds and bark contain a toxin, and long contact with sawdust and bark may cause allergy.


Sustainability: CITES: No, IUCN: No


Common Uses: furniture, cabinets, doors, and window frames. It is also used to make pillars, beams, floors, stairway steps, railroad ties, lathed shapes, and parquet. Wood is of high quality and often used as a substitute for mahogany.