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NOTE: there is rarely any "standard" or "typical" look for a wood so take what's in this table with a grain of salt
the REST of the pictures on this page will give you a better overall feel for this wood

mansonia / Mansonia altissima

1.5" x 1.5" flat cut, 3" x 3" quartersawn, 1" x 1" end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.

Diffuse porous with randomly distributed medium pores, frequent radial pore multiples. sometimes as long as 5 but usually 2 or 3, rays thin and hard to see even at 10X, diffuse-in-aggregates parenchyma is present but hard to see even at 10X. Pore density drops off slightly in the latewood, sometimes making the wood look semi diffuse porous. Growth rings easily discernable due to darkening tissue color in the latewood.

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

both sides of a sample plank of mansonia / Mansonia altissima --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.

end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above

END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

quartersawn sample and end grain

end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above

plank and end grain --- the walnut color is very accurate

end grain closeup of the piece directly above

both sides of a stick of mansonia. HUGE enlargements are present.

end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above

br>END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

veneer with color that is just a shade more red than the actual wood. The true color is very similar to walnut but the grain is much smoother than would be normal for walnut, and there is a pronounced ribbon stripe that does not show up well in this pic.

Needed another end grain for the anatomy pages so I took this shot of a cutoff from one of the planks shown elsewhere on this page and did the HIGH GRIT END GRAIN CLOSEUP of the piece.

web pics:

flat cut planks with a color that is likely too gray

quartersawn planks

plank listed as mansonia but with a color that is just silly


ribbon stripe veneer

quartersawn ribbon stripe veneer --- this is the web pic of the lot from which my own sample was taken and once again you can see how this vendor adds a shine to her pics that is not in the wood. The ribbon stripe, however, does show up better in her pic than in mine.

pomelle veneer