CITESwoodID: descriptions, illustrations, identification and information retrieval


H. G. Richter, K. Gembruch, G. Koch

Caesalpinia sp. (Chakté viga)

Nomenclature. Family: FABACEAE-CAESALPINIOIDEAE. Synonym(s): probably Caesalpinia platyloba S. Watson. Further trade and local names: curly paela (US), aka-chak-te-viga, palo colorado, guayabón de playa (MX). Code according to DIN EN 13556: none. Internal code: CHK.

CITES(EU) status of protection. Not protected.

Geographic distribution. Mexico and Central America and tropical South America.

Growth rings, colour, grain, etc. Growth ring boundaries indistinct or absent. Heartwood basically yellow (to light orange). Sapwood distinct from heartwood colour. Wood heavy and hard (0.89–0.96–1.01 g/cm3). Interlocked grain present.

Hardwood vs softwood. Vessels (pores) present (= hardwood).

Vessels (pores). Wood diffuse-porous. Vessels (pores) in multiples; commonly in short (2–3 vessels) radial rows. Vessels small to medium; few to moderately numerous. Tyloses absent. Other deposits in heartwood vessels (pores) present (pale yellow), or absent (in case sapwood is mistaken for heartwood).

Axial parenchyma. Axial parenchyma present; banded. Parenchyma bands exclusively marginal (or seemingly marginal); narrow. Other macroscopically visible types of axial parenchyma: vasicentric to aliform. Aliform parenchyma of the lozenge type.

Rays. Rays narrow. Large rays commonly less than 1 mm high.

Storied structure. Storied structure present, or absent. Tiers regular (horizontal or slightly inclined), or irregular.

Physical and chemical tests. Heartwood not fluorescent. Water extract not fluorescent; yellow. Heartwood extractives leaching out when in contact with water (two weak color components visible: crimson red and yellow). Ethanol extract fluorescent (weakly pinkish orange); yellow (yellowish orange). Splinter burns to full ash; colour of ash white to grey.

Additional information. • chk.jpg. Caesalpinia sp. (Chakté viga). Transverse section ca. 10x. Radial surface, natural size.

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Cite this publication as: ‘Richter, H.G., Gembruch, K., and Koch, G. 2014 onwards. CITESwoodID: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval. In English, French, German, and Spanish. Version: 16th May 2014.’.