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Morado
(Machaerium spp.)
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COMMON NAMES:   Morado, Bolivian rosewood, caviuna, cabiuna, pau ferro

SPECIFIC GRAVITY:   .65 - .75

DENSITY:  49 - 57 lbs./cu.ft.

TANGENTIAL MOVEMENT:   6.6%

RADIAL MOVEMENT:   2.6%

VOLUMETRIC SHRINKAGE:   10%

DURABILITY1:   Very good

SOURCE:  Southern Brazil, Tropical America

DESCRIPTION:   Used for similar purposes of Brazilian rosewood, such as turnery, cabinets, fine furniture, specialty items, and decorative veneers. Heartwood color is brown to dark violet brown, frequently with streaks throughout and a waxy feel. Sapwood is slightly yellow, white or gray. Straight to irregular grain. Fine to coarse texture. Lustrous. Occasional walnut fragrance. Workability varies from fair to excellent.


1 Durability refers to a wood's resistance to rotting in wet environments.

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