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Vera wood, Guayacán, Maracaibo lignum vitae (Bulnesia arborea) is a close relative to true lignum vitae (Guaiacum sanctum) and therefore the wood is rather similar to guaiacum in durability, strength and density. The tree is native to Colombia and Venezuela, today introduced and cultivated in South Florida for its very attractive huge buttery-yellow flowers, that appear three times over the year in Spring, Summer and Fall! The colour of this wood varies in an unusual wide range from light olive green to chocolate brown; surface of fresh wood often turns dark green upon light exposure, the sapwood is mostly thin and light yellow in colour. The wood is fine textured, often cross-grained, it has an oily appearance and feel and scents mildly and pleasantly when warmed. Due to its hardness it is not easy to work either with machine or hand tools but it does turn well in the lathe. Because of its high density and self-lubrication properties it has many uses similar to that of true Guaiacum but is not considered as suitable for propeller-shaft bushings, as it contains less resins and waxes than true Guaiacum.These pieces come from the stock of a well-known German tool manufacturer and were intended for fine planer soles.