Pau Rosa (Swartzia madagascariensis)

 
 
 
 

Family - Caesalpiniaceae

Distribution - Mozambique, Sudan, Zimbabwe

Other Names: Kampanga, Kasanda, Mucherechese, Mucherekese, Mudyamhembge, Mukosho, Mulundu, Mushakashela, Mutseketsa, Naquada, Ndale, Pau ferro, Pau rosa, Snake bean, Swartzia, Umketsheketshe, Umtsakatsha, Umtshakatsha, Umtsheketshe

Characteristics: The Heartwood is deep brownish red, while the sapwood is whitish-yellow. It has an even grain, with medium to course texture. Wavy patterns are numerous. The timber weighs about 850 kg/m3 when dry.

Working Qualities: Very easy to work, sand and glue. Takes nails and screws well.

Uses: Boat building, Cabinetmaking, carvings, flooring, furniture, joinery, musical instruments and turnery.

 
 
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