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When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple. This color-shift can be slowed and minimized by using a UV inhibiting finish on the wood. The grain is usually straight, but can also be wavy or irregular. Has a medium texture with good natural luster.
Name : Purperhart
Scientific name : Peltogyne venosa
Family : Leguminosae (Cesalpiniodeae)
Origin : Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana, Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela
Other names : Amarante, Morada, Ipé roxo, Koroboreli, Purpleheart
Natural Durability : Class 2-3 with good to very good resistance to termites
Density (12%) : 840 kg/m³
Bending strength (12%) : 155 N/mm²
Shrinkage (%) : rad. 4,2%, tang. 6,9%
Drying : easy; risk of distortion and checking slight
Working : moderately difficult
Finishing : good
Uses : interior and exterior joinery, cabinet work, furniture, stairs, flooring tool handles, billiard cue butts, carving, turnery, marquety, laminated beams, sliced veneer.