Woods from the Manilkara genus are widespread in tropical regions of Southeast Asia, Africa and South as well as Central America. The supply on the German market, however, is almost exclusively imported from South America.


Botanical name: Manilkara bidentata
Overall character: The color and structure of this wood are usually homogenous, with a fine texture and extremely high density. The appearance varies according to the fibre orientation and reaches from simple and sleek to decorative.
Color and structure: The heartwood starts out in a flesh-red color, then darkens and turns dark brown. It is distinctly contrasted from the narrow, reddish-grey sapwood.
Characteristics/features: Due to the very good resistance to wood-discoloration and wood-destroying fungi and insects, untreated wood can be used for long-term outdoor use.
Areas of use: Used as a construction wood in indoor and especially outdoor areas that do not require special dimensional stability. Areas of use include for bridges, floating docks, and hydraulic engineering (safe only in fresh water!).