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CHICKEN BLOOD WOOD

Spatholobus suberectus

Spatholobus suberectus of the family Fabaceae (syn Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family. This is not actually a wood, it is a large vine. I do not normally include such curiosities on this site but this one is so far out that I just had to.

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This remarkable set of "wood" pics was submitted by Richard Furrer who assures me that while it LOOKS like a painted design, it is in fact the grain of the wood. I thought it might be a burl of some kind and I had it on the Mystery Wood page for years as Mystery Wood 136.

Al Brown from NZ, informed me that this isn't quite a "wood", it's a VINE, which explains how it has such a strange figure. Al says "... a vine that grows on the China Myamar border area only found where it is hottest and wet wet wet. The vine is known as chicken blood wood. The huge vines are cut into section [as seen in your photo] then boiled to get the redness out [ie the sap] dried and made into teapot stands, small serving trays, bowls etc. Al was given a teapot stand of it once, and the last time he was in China he asked a friend to look in the library for the botanical name but he didn't have any luck with that.

I have since been told by three different correspondents (John Smith, TimberTurners, and Bruce Pratt) that the botanical name is Spatholobus suberectus of the family Fabaceae

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