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Hardwood 61 lbs. per cubic foot, 5.08 lbs. per board foot
The wood is native to South America and the West Indies, however, it is imported mostly from Guiana. The heartwood is extremely decay resistant and has a reputation for being highly resistant to marine borers that may not be completely deserved when used in tropical waters. The wood was once a favorite with European builders since it is stiff and very strong. Its color varies from pale greenish-yellow to deep brownish purple, with little difference between sapwood and heartwood. The high weight can be a considerable disadvantage in some designs. Being a very hard, dense wood, it can be more difficult to work than other hardwoods.