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PEROBA ROSA

Aspidosperma spp.

Aspidosperma spp. of the family Apocynaceae. Peroba rosa is one set of Aspidosperma species and another wood, carreto, is another set of Aspidosperma species. Because they are similar in color and face grain appearance, they cannot always be distinguished by the face grain, but they can always be distinguished by the end grain, as seen directly below. The two sets of species are:

carreto
peroba rosa
Aspidosperma curraniiAspidosperma album
Aspidosperma desmanthumAspidosperma centrale
Aspidosperma dugandiiAspidosperma peroba
Aspidosperma ellipticaAspidosperma polyneuron
Aspidosperma macrocarponAspidosperma populifolium
Aspidosperma polyneuronAspidosperma pyricollum
Aspidosperma rusbyAspidosperma pyrifolium
Aspidosperma tomentosum
NOTE: I am not completely confident that the separation
of end grain characteristics of the two groups listed
above is as clear-cut as the image below makes it seem

I note that the species Aspidosperma polyneuron uses both names.

Typical end grain patterns for the two groups



Grows in South America, primarily Argentina and Brazil, and is also known as guatambu, guatambu rosa, pink peroba, red peroba, and shibadan, among others. Some form of peroba veneer was used to panel the huge dining room in the Queen Mary and it reportedly has quite a rich look.

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 shibadan (aka peroba rosa) / Aspidosperma album --- 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


both sides of a sample plank of shibadan (aka peroba rosa) / Aspidosperma album --- HUGE enlargements are present.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a plank of shibadan (aka peroba rosa) / Aspidosperma spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. For more detail on this plank, see the sample directly below.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of shibadan (aka peroba rosa) / Aspidosperma spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. The first side has been sanded to 280 grit so looks darker than the second side. This was cut from the larger plank directly above.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

web pics:


planks --- obviously the colors are all over the map on this but I have no idea whether it's because there are numerous species sold under the same name and thus some/all of the variation is real, or if it's a matter of poor color correction, or if it's a matter of mis-identification, or more likely, some combination of the three.


plank listed as Aspidosperma polyneuron


plank listed as peroba rosa / Aspidosperma peroba


planks listed as shibadan


planks listed as shibadan with the botanical name Aspidosperma album


plank listed as shibadan with the botanical name Aspidosperma vargasil


plank listed as shibadan with the botanical name Aspidosperma woodsoniana


veneer


bookmatched veneer listed as red peroba / Aspidosperma peroba


plank with highly unlikely color


pen blanks that have been oiled and waxed


scales


scales, all from the same vendor






plank and three closeups --- these are from the BogusColorVendor so the colors are highly suspect.