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- Common Name(s)
- Pau Ferro, Morado, Bolivian Rosewood, Santos Rosewood
- Scientific Name
- Machaerium spp. (Machaerium scleroxylon)
- Tree Distribution
- Tropical South America (mainly Brazil and Bolivia)
- Tree Size
- 65-100 ft. tall, 3-5 ft. trunk diameter
- Janka Hardness
- 1960 lbf
- Color can be highly varied, ranging from reddish/orange to a dark violet/brown, usually with contrasting darker black streaks. Narrow sapwood is a pale yellow and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.
- Grain / Texture
- Grain is typically straight, though sometimes slightly irregular or interlocked depending on the species. Fine, even texture and a naturally high luster—though depending on the particular species, the wood can have a coarser, more fibrous texture.
- Pricing / Availability
- Pau Ferro is in the medium price range for exotic imported hardwoods, and is likely to be much more affordable than some of the scarcer true rosewoods, (Dalbergia genus), of which this wood is often used as substitute.
- Information cited from Wood-Database.com