Pao Rosa, Quartered
Also known as: Pao Rose
Botanical Name: Swartzia fistuloides
Origin: Equatorial West and Central Africa
Description: This is a heavy and very hard wood that is sometimes sliced into veneer but needs careful steaming and slow drying in its production. Red to reddish purple in colour, and somewhat resembling a Rosewood type, the veneer has a beautiful sheen and is occasionally used for fine furniture.