Also known as: Guarea, Bosse
Botanical Name: Guarea cedrata, G. thompsonii
Origin: West Africa
Description: Both these species are marketed as Guarea but, correctly speaking, G. cedrata is the one known as Bosse. Pinkish-brown when freshly cut, usually darkening somewhat to a good Mahogany colour. Usually flat sliced to make an excellent substitute to Brazilian Cedar (Cigar box cedar/Cedro). It has a distinctive and agreeable smell. Very often the timber and veneer exudes a sticky gum or resin which is plainly visible on the surface. This disappears when the veneer is pressed.