Ziricote

 

Ziricote

Other Common Names: 
Anacahuite, Baria (Cuba), Siricote, Bocote, Cupane, Amapa asta (Mexico)
Canalete (Colombia, Venezuela), Louro pardo (Brazil), Loro negro (Argentina)

Botanical Name: 
Cordia dodecandra

Family: 
Boraginaceae

Mature Tree Height, Diameter: 
From small to 100 ft , 1 ft

Weight @ 12% M/C: 
50-60 lbs./ft.3

Working Properties: 
Easy to work and takes a high polish.

Growing Regions: 
Mexico to Argentina

General Characteristics: 
Color reddish brown to dark brown with irregular blackish streaks;
appears oily. Luster medium; hard and heavy, grain straight to roey.
Texture medium.

Uses: 
Turnery, knife handles, furniture, cabinets.

Acceptable Substitutes:

References: 
"Commercial Foreign woods on the American Market",
by David A. Kribs, Dover Pub. Inc. 1968, p. 21

Discussion: 
The standard references group all of the cordias together
so there is much confusion --
both Ziricote and Bocote (as they are commonly known in the US)
are cordias but they don't look much alike. Ziricote, like Bocote,
is frequently spectacularly figured. It turns well considering its density,
but tends to create dust so it gets a little messy.