Wild Cashew

Wild cashew (Anacardium excelsum)

 

Common names: Espave, Espavel, Caracoli

 

Distribution : The tree is common in the tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests of Pacific and Atlantic watersheds of Central and South America, extending as far north as Guatemala and south into Ecuador

 

Color/appearance : Heartwood is golden brown, sometimes with a yellow or green hue, darkening to reddish brown with age. Wide, lighter-colored sapwood ranges from gray to light pink. Quartersawn surfaces have a ribbon-stripe appearance due to interlocked grain.

 

Janka hardness: 415 lbf

 

Density: 2.08 lbf

 

Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, espave has been reported to cause skin and respiratory irritation, as well as asthma-like symptoms.

 

Sustainability: CITES: No IUCN: No

 

Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, furniture, boxes/crates, and utility lumber

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