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Andira inermis

Andira inermis of the family Fabaceae (syn Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family. There are also several species from the genus Caesalpinia that have partridgewood as all or part of one or more of their common names and to add to the possible confusion, an unrelated wood, Millettia stuhlmannii which is more properly called panga panga, is also sometimes sold in the US (but apparently not in Great Britain) as partridgewood.

NOTE For a long time I marked all my panga panga as partridgewood, due to my confusion about what wood was what. This includes segments in my bowls, so if you have one of my bowls and the wood was, and possibly still is, listed on the bowl's web page as partridgewood, it is panga panga. The difference between the species is unmistakeable, I just had the common names confused. That is, I correctly identified the wood as Millettia stuhlmannii but gave the common name incorrectly as partridgewood.

my samples:

both sides of a sample plank of partridgewood / Andira inermis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The difference in color between the two sides is because the labeled side still raw and has a slight patina and the other side has been sanded down to 240 grit. You can also see that the patina has been sanded off of the end grain update below.

end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above

END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

web pics:

flat cut and quartersawn pics from the same vendor

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