diffuse porous page


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

to see all species with links to their anatomy page go here: species links

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.









"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















tulipwood --- pore density greater than most Dalbergias

Amazon rosewood

Amazon rosewood --- relatively sparse pores with obvious vasicentric parenchyma (not aliform) and diffuse-in-aggregate parenchyma, rays visible at 10X but not to the naked eye

Brazilian rosewood



very clear view of the rays on all of these


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