Also known as: Pau Marfim, Guatambu, Bahia Satinwood
Botanical Name: Balfourodendron riedelianum
Origin: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay
Description: In its native south America this heavy, pale golden yellow coloured timber has many uses, including flooring, where it is often preferred to Maple in view of its high resistance to wear. For veneer production the figured logs are of most interest and the best of these are highly decorative. In particular when quarter cut the figure can be quite beautiful, mostly displaying an irregular mottle and on occasion a fine fiddleback. It has a lustrous look and a very fine texture, somewhat resembling east Indian Satinwood.