Aji Caryocar costaricense
Also know as: ajillo, ajo, manu, plomillo, almendrillo, almendro, almendro de bajo, almendron, cagui, firme, genene, manu, maqui-maqui, cagui, pequia, pequia brava, pete rana do terra firme, pete’, pete-rana, rana do terra
C. costaricense is native to Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Venezuela and occurs in lowland evergreen rainforest. Aji is found mainly in protected areas in Costa Rica and in the Darien and San Blas regions of Panama.
C. costaricense is commonly used for flooring, furniture, construction, plywood, joinery, railroad ties, and vehicle parts. The main threat to the species is habitat loss. Its IUCN Red List status is “vulnerable.” The tree is closely related to, and may be confused with, C. amygdaliforme.