Simarouba amara and Simarouba glauca of the family Simaroubaceae
also known as acajou blanc, cedro blanco, bitterwood, marupa, simarupa, and many other names, this very lightweight, light colored wood grows throughout tropical America.
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 marupa (=simaruba) / Simarouba amara --- 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
sample plank and end grain. This sample was contributed by Joe Melton, whom I thank for this and numerous other contributions.
end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above --- as sometimes happens with soft woods such as this, the update process did not make the whole surface glass-smooth, just the middle to right side in this case but I decided there is enough fine grain detail visible that I'm not going to put this one back into the process
flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
simaruba (Simaruba glauca, also listed as paradise tree and bitterwood) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for each of the 3 views. Note that the Genus name is misspelled; it should be Simarouba.
plank listd as simaruba / Simaruba amara
plank and end grain closeup listed as simarouba / Simarouba amara