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DIFFUSE POROUS ROSEWOODS

NOTE: unless otherwise specifically stated, all of the images shown on this
page are of 1/4" square end grain cross sections shown at 12X with the top
of the image towards the bark and the bottom towards the pith so that
earlywood is towards the bottom of the growth rings and latewood is towards the top

general characteristics of rosewoods


A note about this page: the variability of characteristics within a single species of the rosewoods is so great that I have not attempted to group them by characteristics.. As an examples, look at the various samples below of Siam rosewood / Dalbergia cochinchinensis or Honduran rosewood / Dalbergia stevensonii.

 

cocobolo


     

     

   

granadillo


     
"Granadillo" is used for so many species that it is almost meaningless. This particular one is also called cocobolo but that name is normally used for Dalbergia retusa

camatillo rosewood


     

     

     

African blackwood

this wood is so dark that my process for getting end grain shots is not always very effective, as you can see

   

   

kingwood


     

tulipwood


   

   

   

   

   
tulipwood --- pore density greater than most Dalbergias

Amazon rosewood


     

   
Amazon rosewood --- aliform parenchyma, both lozenge-shaped and wing-shaped

Brazilian rosewood


     

     

 

East Indian rosewood


     

 
East Indian rosewood

Columbian rosewood


     
Colombian rosewood / Dalbergia monetaria --- aliform parenchyma, both lozenge-shaped and wing-shaped

Guatamalan rosewood

large pores with heavy vasicentric parenchyma, some confluence, occasional winged aliform parenchyma, frequent banded parenchyma

     

     

   

     

ocelot's ear rosewood


   

Honduran rosewood

generally large pores, rays usually visible at 10X, banded parenchyma (not always clear at 10X), vasicentric parenchyma of varying thickness, pore densities from sparse to the low end of medium, occasional pore multiples

     
these three are all from the sample; two nearby heartwood areas and a sapwood area; the large pores and frequent pore mutiples are not terribly common for Dalbergia stevensonii but it does happen

     

     

     

     

     

Madagascar rosewood


   

   

     

     

   

   

   

     
Three unknown Dalbergia species harvested in Madagascar

     
Three more unknown Dalbergia species harvested in Madagascar

 

shisham rosewood


   
NOTE: both of these samples of Dalbergia lanceolaria are suspect and either or both may be something else. Clearly they do not exhibit the same characteristics so it is almost a given that at least ONE of them is not Dalbergia lanceolaria.

Siam rosewood

Siam rosewood --- some of these have confulent parenchyma that often comes close to being banded parenchyma

     

   

   

   

sissoo rosewood


     

   

Burmese rosewood


     
misc rosewoods --- confulent parenchyma that comes close to being banded parenchyma

Panama rosewood


     
Dalbergia tilarana --- fairly large pores with strong vasicentric parenchyma and some pore multiples

miscellaneous other rosewoods


     

     
Cambodian rosewood / Dalbergia bariaensis and kratie rosewood / Dalbergia nigrescens both have confulent parenchyma that comes close to being banded parenchyma