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QUEENWOOD

Swartzia leiocalycina

Swartzia leiocalycina of the family Fabaceae (syn Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family. Also known as Guyana rosewood, this is a relatively obscure wood and is a close relative to wamara (Swartzia benthamiana) and katalox (Swartzia cubensis)

note that the following species on this site have some considerable similarities and are hard/impossible to distinguish by face grain appearance. The end grain, however, shows clear differences: katalox / wamara / queenwood

my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions


both sides of a sample plank of queenwood / Swartzia leiocalycina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. I don't know whether the dark areas are mineral stain or blue stain.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of queenwood / Swartzia leiocalycina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. See comments at the top of the page regarding this species.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of queenwood / Swartzia leiocalycina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of queenwood / Swartzia leiocalycina --- 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 vendor of this sample had the common name as wamara, but see the notes at the top of the page regarding names.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of queenwood / Swartzia leiocalycina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. NOTE: the vendor of this piece has it as itikiboroballi (aka wamara) / Swartzia benthaminana but it seems clear, based on end grain characteristics that that is not correct, thus I have listed it as what I believe it to actually be, which is queenwood / Swartzia leiocalycina


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

web pics:


log ends listed as wamara / Swartzia leiocalycina but I think the name queenwood is more appropriate for that species. It IS possible that this is wamara / Swartzia benthamiana