Besides growing wild its trees are also planted in home gardens, especially those of Mayans. This tree is important culturally among Mayan people. Foliage of zericote Ziricote has multiple uses. It gives edible fruits. It yields a high quality timber.
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Quartersawn surfaces can also have ray flakes similar in appearance to those found on quartersawn Hard Maple. The pale yellowish sapwood is sometimes incorporated into designs for aesthetic effect, or to cut down on wastage.
Medium to fine texture, with good natural luster. Rot Resistance: Ziricote is reported to be naturally resistant to decay.
The wood tends to develop end and surface checks during drying, which can be problematic: though the wood is stable once dry. Also, pieces are usually available in narrow boards or turning squares, with sapwood being very common.
Ziricote turns and finishes well, and in most instances, it can also be glued with no problems. Odor: Ziricote has a mild, characteristic scent while being worked, somewhat similar to the smell of Pau Ferro. Also, planks of Ziricote commonly have varying amounts of pale sapwood included, which can contribute to high wastage if not incorporated into a project. Common Uses: Furniture, veneer, cabinetry, gunstocks, musical instruments acoustic and electric guitars , turned objects, and other small specialty wood items.
Comments: A truly unique-looking wood, Ziricote has very few imitators; perhaps only the occasional piece of figured Brazilian Rosewood exhibits the same spider-webbing grain figure.