Guttiferae - The Mangosteen Family
Acetite, Acetite Cachicamo, Acetite Maria, Balsamaria, Bari, Barillo, Bella Maria, Bintangor, Cachicamo, Calaba, Calaba Tree, Cedro De Patano, Ceite Mario, Edabalii, Edaballi, False-mamey, Galba, Guanandi, Jacareuba, Kurahara, Koerli, Lagarto-caspi, Leche De Mari, Oscuro, Varilla
Both Interior and Exterior
Decks, Exterior Trim, Flooring, Furniture, Interior Trim, Millwork, Mouldings
Santa Maria grows in the West Indies, and from Mexico southward into northern South America. It grows in all types of soils from wet to dry, and can even be found on the coast where many trees cannot tolerate the saltwater spray.
The sapwood is pale color, and merges seamlessly with the heartwood where it can be difficult to differentiate it from the heartwood. The heartwood varies from yellowish-pink to a reddish-brown. The grain is usually heavily interlocked, with a fairly uniform medium texture.
Pre-boring for nailing and screwing is recommended to prevent splitting.