Peltogyne heterophylla is a tall semi-deciduous tree.
The tree is one of the sources of 'purpleheart' timber, a high quality wood that is often harvested from the wild, mainly for trade.
S. America - eastern Brazil, Bolivia.
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The heartwood is a greyish purple when freshly cut, becoming a violet colour as the wood oxidixes in contact with the air - this gradually darkens to an attractive dark brown over a period of years; it is distinctly demarcated from the 5 - 10cm wide band of pinkish sapwood. The texture is medium, the grain straight; lustre is medium to high. The wood is heavy, hard, elastic; it is durable, being resistant to dry wood borers and termites, and moderately resistant to fungi. It seasons somewhat slowly with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. The wood had a fairly high blunting effect, stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring; gluing is correct. A very good quality wood, it is used for high class furniture, cabinet work, inlay work, carving, turnery, musical instruments, flooring, panelling, joinery, ship building, tool handles, heavy carpentry, veneer etc[
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