Spirostachys africana of the family Chenopodiaceae. Native to Africa.
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 tambooti / Spirosstachys africana --- 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
three views of the same bowl; I suspect that the middle pic has the correct color and the purple tint in the other two pics is not correct.
bowl and natural edge bowl (actually, this is NOT a "normal" natural edge bowl, this is just a cyclinder hollowed out of a trunk or limb --- that's not a bad thing in any way, it's just not what is normally meant by "natural edge bowl".