Cocobolo

Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa)

 

Common Names: Cocobolo, Cocobola, Cocabola

 

Distribution: Central America

 

Color/Appearance: Cocobolo can be seen in a kaleidoscope of different colors, ranging from yellow, orange, red and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. Sapwood is typically a very pale yellow.

 

Janka Hardness: 2,960 lbf

 

Density: 5.75 lb/b.f.

 

Allergies/Toxicity: Notoriously allergenic. Reported as a sensitizer; can cause skin, eye and respiratory irritation, as well as nausea, pink-eye and asthma-like symptoms.

 

Controlled species: CITES: yes (listed on CITES Appendix II under the genus-wide restriction on all Dalbergia species—which also includes finished products made of the wood) IUCN: yes (IUCN Red List as vulnerable due to a population reduction of over 20% in the past three generations

 

Common Uses: Fine furniture, musical instruments, turnings and other small specialty objects.

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