Purple Heart (Pletogyne, pubescens)
Similiar Woods: Jarrah, Bloodwood, Merbau
Trade Names: Purpleheart, Amaranth, Pau Roxo, Morado, Violetwood
Origin: Central and South America
Range: Mexico, all of Central America and all of northern tropical South America.
Uses: Docks, vats, construction, timbers, flooring, bridges, gymnasium equipment, boat building, furniture, paneling, tool handles, inlay work, marquetry.
Properties: Purpleheart is strong, stiff and resistant to shock with a moderate steambending classification. It is a durable wood in which the heartwood is resistant to decay. When fresh cut the wood is brown turning to a lustrous purple with age.
Machining: Difficult to work with , blunting effects on tools.
Seasoning: The timber seasons fast with little degrade.