Aspidosperma spp. of the family Apocynaceae, including at least the following: Aspidosperma album, Aspidosperma centrale, Aspidosperma macrocarpum, Aspidosperma peroba, Aspidosperma polyneuron, Aspidosperma populifolium, Aspidosperma polyneuron, Aspidosperma pyricollum, Aspidosperma pyrifolium, Aspidosperma tomentosum, and Aspidosperma woodsoniana
Grows in South America, primarily Argentina and Brazil, and is also known as guatambu, guatambu rosa, pink peroba, red peroba, and shibadan, among others. Some form of peroba veneer was used to panel the huge dining room in the Queen Mary and it reportedly has quite a rich look.
my samples: NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting --- colors will vary under other lighting conditions
both sides of a sample plank of shibadan (aka peroba rosa) / Aspidosperma album --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above
sample plank and end grain, listed as peroba rosa / Aspidosperma spp. --- because of the massive difference in pore size and distribution between this sample and the previous one, I checked Aspidosperma album on the NCSU site and find my sample to be in complete agreement w/ theirs, thus I am dubious about THIS sample being Aspidosperma spp. but there are plenty of cases of species within a genus having radically different pore distributions so I can't say for sure that this one is incorrect.
planks --- obviously the colors are all over the map on this but I have no idea whether it's because there are numerous species sold under the same name and thus some/all of the variation is real, or if it's a matter of poor color correction, or if it's a matter of mis-identification, or more likely, some combination of the three.
plank listed as Aspidosperma polyneuron
plank listed as peroba rosa / Aspidosperma peroba
planks listed as shibadan
planks listed as shibadan with the botanical name Aspidosperma album
plank listed as shibadan with the botanical name Aspidosperma vargasil
plank listed as shibadan with the botanical name Aspidosperma woodsoniana
bookmatched veneer listed as red peroba / Aspidosperma peroba
plank with highly unlikely color
pen blanks that have been oiled and waxed
scales, all from the same vendor
plank and three closeups --- these are from the BogusColorVendor so the colors are highly suspect.