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Durability: Very Durable
Colour: Dark
Sizes available: 50, 75, 100, 150, 200 mm

Trade Name: Purpleheart
Botanical Species:  Peltogyne species
Other Names:  Amaranth, Violet Wood (USA),
Koroboreli, Saka, Sakavalli  (Guyana),
Purpleheart (Surinam), Pau Roxo, Nazareno, Morado (Venezuela),
Tananeo (Columbia)
Country of Origin:  South America.
Weight: Weight varies from 800-1000kg/m³
(60-63lb/ft³) averaging 860kgs/m³ (54lb/ ft³).
Durability: Very Durable
Strength:  SD1


Dries fairly rapidly with little degrade.
But care is needed to dry out the centre of thick pieces.
Air drying is slow, with some end and surface checking or case hardening.
There is small movement in service.
The heartwood is a deep purple-violet colour when freshly cut, maturing to dark brown.
The original colour is restored when re-cut.
Straight grained, but often irregular, wavy and sometimes interlocked, producing a pleasing striped figure on quartered surfaces.
Texture moderate to fine.
Working Qualities: 
It is rather difficult to work, with moderate to severe blunting effect on tools.
It exudes gummy resin when heated by dull cutters and the material is best run slowly through machines equipped with high speed steel knives.
The wood turns well and smoothly.
Pre-bore for nailing, glues without difficulty and stains and wax polishes easily.
Spirit finishes remove the purple colour.
Although expensive, it is used for heavy constructional work, bridge building, fresh water piling, dock work, cladding, house construction and vats.
Excellent for flooring and very suitable for gymnasium equipment, shafts, tool handles, boat building, turnery, furniture and billiard tables.
Also as decorative veneers for inlaying and marquetry work etc.
Best colour from sawcut as steaming affects the soluble phonicoin content.
Product Attributes:
Large sizes available.
No bleeding of stain.