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SUCUPIRA

botanical name uncertain
(see fact sheet)



This page includes all of the woods that I have found listed as sucupira. See the fact sheet for a discussion of the species that might include. There are several different species already shown on this page (and with significantly differing charcateristics)


my samples:


both sides of a sample plank of tatabu / Diplotropis purpurea --- 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 labeled side is raw but the 2nd side has been sanded to 240 grit


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of sucupira amarella / Bowdichia nitida --- 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 have also found the name "black sucupira" for this species. The labeled side is raw but the 2nd side has been sanded to 240 grit and so shows details better.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of yellow sucupira / Sweetia fruticosa --- 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 color difference is because the first face was sanded to 400 grit so as to show the grain patterns better (see the enlargements) and the 2nd side retains a slight age patina. If you look at the end grain update enlargements, you'll see that each small pore is surrounded by vasicentric parenchyma and if you then look at the first face enlarments you'll see that there are what appear to be little straws cut sharply at an angle with holes in them. This is the parenchyma tissue and the pore.)


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of yellow sucupira / Sweetia fruticosa --- 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 chontaquiro / Diplotropis martinsii (should be martiusii) --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. As stated in the fact sheet, there are numerous species with the name supupira and this one is significantly different than what is normally seen as sucupira in the USA.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a flooring sample of yellow sucupira / Sweetia fruticosa --- 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 that the first face has a finishing agent and the second, grooved, face was sanded to 240 grit so the face grain characteristics can be seen very clearly in the enlargements


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


plank of sucupira / Diplotropis spp. and an end grain shot


end grain closeup of the piece directly above --- I see I got it inverted


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


plank of sucupira / Diplotropis spp. and a closeup


plank of sucupira / Diplotropis spp. and end grain


end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above


side grain of the piece directly above (face grain showing on top)


turning square (two sides) and end grain --- this piece was contributed by one of my correspondents who wanted help in identifying it.


veneer


veneer and closeup


veneer and closeup


veneer and closeup


more veneer, from a different lot (& different vendor) --- the tight interlocked grain pattern causes what looks like a diffraction pattern, but that goes away if you look at the enlargement.


veneer, one sheet with sapwood



web pics:


planks


plank listed as black sucupira / Bowdichia nitida


planks specifically listed as Diplotropis purpureae


planks, all listed as chontqquiro (another common name for sucupira) and with a botanical designation of Diplotropis purpureae


planks listed as tatabu (another common name for sucupira) and with a botanical designation of Diplotropis purpureae


these three pieces were all listed as sucupira with a botanical designation of Bowdichia spp. (see fact sheet for further discussion of names). They are a plank, quartersawn veneer, and flat cut veneer


plank listed as chontaquiro amarillo, which is supposed to be an alternate common name for sucupira, but based on the color, I'd say this is a different wood


veneer


veneer listed as sucupira / Diplottropis purpurea


veneer with completely believable color


veneer --- green color is suspect


veneer sheets and closeup





this shot is from the BogusColorVendor, so I doubt the red content.


both sides of a plank and a closeup from the BogusColorVendor so colors are highly suspect --- ah, wait, that's not what I mean. What I mean is the colors are RIDICULOUS and typical of the total dishonesty of that vendor