Heartwood tends to be a medium to dark brown, sometimes with a reddish or purplish hue; some pieces may have streaks of yellowish or greenish brown. Unlike most other woods, Cumaru’s color tends to lighten with exposure to light. Cumaru has excellent durability and weathering properties. The wood is rated as very durable regarding decay resistance. Wood of the species Dipteryx odorata is most commonly called Cumaru among most woodworkers, though it is sometimes referred to as Brazilian Teak as well: primarily when used as hardwood flooring. Cumaru lumber is extremely stiff, strong, and hard, lending itself well to a variety of applications.