Pau Rosa
Common Name:Pau Rosa
Scientific Name:Bobgunnia fistuloides, B. madagascariensis (syn. Swartzia fistuloides, S. madagascariensis)
Distribution:Small clusters within African rainforests
Tree Size:70-90 ft (21-27 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight:64 lbs/ft3 (1,030 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness:2,940 lbf (13,080 N)
General Description
Heartwood tends to vary in color from a pink or yellow to a darker reddish brown, with a common darker brown streaks. White to pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood. Color tends to darken with age. Bobgunnia madagascariensis tends to be more on the reddish or orangish side, while B. fistuloides tends to be a more subdued brown. Grain tends to be wavy or interlocked with uniform medium to coarse texture, and a high natural luster.
This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, and is reported by the IUCN as being a species of least concern.
Market Value and usage
Not too commonly seen in the United States, Pau Rosa should be in the mid to high range for an imported African hardwood. Sizes likely limited to smaller blocks, veneers, and turning squares, with larger lengths of lumber much less common. Its economical importsnce is found in its usages as veneer, carvings, furniture, turned objects, and other small, specialty wood items.
Rated as very durable regarding decay resistance, and is also resistant to insect attack. Pau Rosa has good weathering characteristics in outdoor applications.
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