Diospyros embryopteris of the family Ebenaceae, the ebony family
Although this wood is sold by a handful of vendors in the USA, I have not found any information on its working properties. It apparently goes under the names of "pale moon ebony", "black and white ebony", and sometimes just "white ebony" (although there are other woods with that common name). Diospyros pendula is also sometimes sold as black and white ebony.
When I started this site, I was not aware that pale moon ebony and black and white ebony were the same species, and when I combined the pages, I arbitrarily put both under pale moon, but it turns out that in the US, black and white is by far a more commonly used name.
my samples: NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting --- colors will vary under other lighting conditions
both sides of a long plank of pale moon ebony / Diospyros embryopteris --- both levels of enlargements are present. This plank was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. For more detail on this plank see the sample directly below
both sides of a sample plank of black and white ebony / Diospyros embryopteris --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. This sample was cut from the plank directly above.
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above