Also known as: Black Palm, Barigona, Copa Palm, Stilt Palm
Botanical Name: Iriartea deltoidea
Origin: Central and South America as far south as Bolivia
Description: Despite its size and appearance, Palm is botanically classified as a grass rather than a timber tree. The centre of the log consists of a spongy, open fibrous cortex which can not be used as a timber. The remaining outer part however, is hard and heavy with a dense fibrous texture and possesses many of the properties of a hardwood timber. Locally it is often used for flooring and other structural purposes.
When sliced into veneer the character shows as a random series of black, dark brown and lighter, biscuit coloured close streaks or lines, often interlocking one another. Thickness is usually 1.0mm as the quality suffers if sliced thinner.
Black Palm Veneer is produced in a similar way to Bamboo, i.e. small strips are jointed together in both the length and width. It is a relatively expensive veneer and mainly used for special furniture and interiors.