Like all rosewood species, East Indian rosewood has a vivid veneer pattern. The brown base colour ranges from red to purple to almost black. The vividness of this rosewood is due to its purple-violet to black colour zones or colour stripes.
Trade names and other names
German: Ostindischer Palisander, Ostindisches Rosenholz
English: East Indian Rosewood
French: Palissandre des Indes, Rosewood de l'Inde
Italian: Palissandro India
Available veneer thicknesses
0.56 mm, other thicknesses on request
Preferably in the Indian island region, especially in the Bombay area, but then also in Sri Lanka and Java, rosewood is common, East Indian associated with teak.
Tree trunk and bark
A large, deciduous tree that reaches heights of up to about 25m and diameters of up to 1.5m, depending on the growing area, but in some areas only grows to about 30cm thick. The shaft is very well and straight grown, cylindrical and knot-free up to about 10m in East Indian rosewood.
Characteristics and wood colour
The pores are large, scattered, growth zones indistinct, straight grained, intensely striped, also very decorative. The sapwood and the heartwood are separated in rosewood, East Indian. The sapwood is narrow, yellowish to greyish white, sometimes with a reddish tinge. The heartwood of East Indian rosewood varies in colour from golden brown to dark purplish-brown with darker, partly black veins running almost regularly through it. the darker stripes border the growth zones and give the wood of East Indian rosewood a typical, attractive and decorative effect.