Latin name: Calophyllum spp.
Vernacular name: Lagarto caspi
The upland species are heavier and superior in strength and durability to floodplain species. Lagarto caspi is used for making boats, timber and construction. The tree is named “lagarto” due to its furrowed bark.
This is an important commercial timber species for the domestic market. As with most timber species, it needs some shading to avoid early branching and obtain a long bole. The trees are challenging to cultivate, and usually are protected in old fallows rather than planted. Improved cultivation methods need to be developed.