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Formal Name: Calophyllum brasiliense
Color: The heartwood varies in color from pink or yellowish pink to brick red. Sapwood is typically 1 to 2 inches wide and is not always clearly differentiated from the heartwood. Heartwood may have thin darker veins.
Grain: The grain is generally interlocked with a medium and fairly uniform texture.
Workability: This wood is fairly easy to work with and yields smooth surfaces on a straight-grained material. It rates below average in planing, turning, and boring. Maximum crushing, or compression strength parallel to grain, is high.
Physical Properties: Santa Maria is rated as durable to moderately durable in decay resistance. Steam-bending properties are high, comparable to teak.
Uses: general construction, flooring, furniture, boat construction, cabinetwork, veneers, paneling, millwork, decorative plywood, and door & window frames.
Interior/Exterior: Both interior and exterior.
Origin: West Indies, Mexico, Central and South America.