A hard and heavy wood with a burgundy red to bright orange color. Rather oily with an interlocking grain. Fine to medium texture. Generally easy to work despite its density, though cutting resistance can be high, and the wood tends to burn while being drilled. Planes well despite having interlocked grain (typically only slightly interlocked). Turns, glues, and finishes well.
|Wood Type||Tropical hardwood.|
|Texture||Uniform medium to coarse texture, with a high natural luster.|
|Grain Pattern||Grain tends to be wavy or interlocked.|
|Health Risks||Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Pau Rosa has been reported to cause skin irritation.|
|Color||Heartwood tends to vary in color from a pink or yellow to a darker reddish brown, with darker brown streaks common. White to pale yellow sapwood clearly demarcated from heartwood. Color tends to darken with age.|