Color/Appearance:Heartwood ranges from pale yellow to medium golden brown. Sapwood isn’t clearly distinguished from heartwood. Quartersawn surfaces can have moderate ribbon-stripe figure, resemblingsatinwoods. Wavy grain or feather crotch are other figured grain patterns seen, especially in veneer form.
Grain/Texture:Usually straight or shallowly interlocked. With an uneven coarse texture and slightly oily feel. Good natural luster.
Pricing/Availability:Commonly available as both plain and figured veneer (usually crotch or wavy grain). Also exported occasionally as solid lumber and turning or craft blanks. Prices are in the mid-range for an imported hardwood, though figured pieces can be much more expensive.
Sustainability:This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is on the IUCN Red List. It is listed as endangered due to a population reduction of over 50% in the past three generations, caused by a decline in its natural range, and exploitation.