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Alectryon oleifolius and Heterodendrum oleifolium

Alectryon oleifolius and Heterodendrum oleifolium of the family Sapindaceae. I though at one point that Heterodendrum oleifolium was just a synonym for Alectryon oleifolius but The Plant List has it as a separate species and there is a web pic below which shows it used (and it is for a wood that does not look like Alectryon oleifolius)

A small Australian tree, not a true rosewood, the wood of which is only available for small objects.

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

sample plank and end grain. This sample was contributed by Joe Melton, whom I thank for this and numerous other contributions.

end grain closeup of the piece directly above.

END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

web pics:

plank listed as inland rosewood / Heterodendrun oleifolium --- see the note at the top of the page regarding botanical names

knife handles

knife handle listed as Western rosewood, but it looks EXACTLY like cocobolo to me



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