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beech / Fagus spp. and Nothofagus spp.
(see discussion below this table regarding names)
3" x 3" flat cut, 3" x 3" quartersawn, 1" wide end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.
Diffuse-porous with small pores gradually becoming less frequent from earlywood to latewood and this combined with a darkening of the tissue towards the end of the latewood make the growth ring boundaries quite evident. There are pore multiples but they are generally too small to see even at 10X. Rays vary considerably in size and are easily visible at 10X with the larger ones being visible to the naked eye. No parenchyma is visible at 10X. Flat cut face grain shows little elongated dots, as shown in the illustration below this table and quartersawn pieces show nice ray flake.
Beech veneer is often steamed and this enriches the color
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions