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Ormosia spp.

Includes at least Ormosia schunkei, Ormosia arborea, Ormosia cruenta, Ormosia macrocarpon, and Ormosia coccinea, all of the family Fabaceae (syn. Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family

Also known scarlet ormosia, at least one of these species produces a hard red berry that has a large black spot on it that is widely used for jewelry although it is poisonous if eaten. This is a common wood in Peru, although not at all in the USA, comes in fairly good sizes, and is used for common items such as staircases.

The characteristics of the woods shown in the pics below vary considerably, and I have no idea what any of these wood are, I just post them here as I have found them on the Internet. I have seen comments about the fact that the wood is often very similar to lati (aka "white wenge") and certainly the pics bear that out.

The word huayruro means hard fruit in one of the indiginous native languages in South America, and I saw posted on a wood forum that there is at least one wood called huayruro that is chocolote colored. I don't have a lot of confidence that all of the pics on this page are actually from the genus Ormosia.

Several of the pics on this page were provided by Jim King, whom I thank for these contributions to the site.

my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions

None yet

web pics:

cants; pics provided by Jim King

plank; pic provided by Jim King


two views of a turning stick

turning sticks and a closeup, listed as orange huayruro

turning sticks and a closeup, listed as orange huayruro

planks in a staircase

two views of the same set of planks

rough lumber

the top of what was shown as a pallet of lumber

scales (apparently end grain) listed as orange huayruro

bowl blanks

bowl blank listed as orange huayruro

rocking chair; pic provided by Jim King

top and bottom of a bowl by Kathy Marshall

bowl listed as huayruro amarillo

vase listed as red huayruro

vase; pic provided by Jim King, who has it listed as being from the genus Ormosia