Brazilian – (Dalbergia nigra)
COLOR & APPEARANCE
Brazilian Rosewood can vary in color from a darker chocolate brown to a lighter purplish or reddish brown, with darker contrasting streaks. The black streaks can sometimes form a unique grain pattern that is sometimes referred to as “spider-webbing” or “landscape,” very similar to Ziricote. Lighter yellowish sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.
Brazilian Rosewood has a uniform, medium to coarse texture with medium-sized open pores. The grain tends to be straight, but can occasionally be interlocked, spiraled, or wavy.
This wood species is in CITES Appendix I, and is on the IUCN Red List. It is listed as vulnerable due to a population reduction of over 20% in the past three generations.