Morado / Bolivian Rosewood

This comparison chart shows the typical color and graining of some of the most popular species which are used as a flooring material. Click on any image to learn more about the properties, workability, usage and other information for the particular wood species. Please note that this is just a partial list. If you don’t see the wood species that you’re looking for, give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Morado / Bolivian Rosewood

Scientific Name: Morado / Bolivian Rosewood
Machaerium spp. (Machaerium scleroxylon)

Other Names and Species:
Morado
Moradillo
Santos Palisander,
Pau Ferro,
Bolivian Rosewood,
Santos Rosewood

Origin:
Bolivia and Brazil in South America, and also Central America.

Bolivian rosewood is distinctive for its dark brown to violet color with black streaks or striping. Over time, the wood may lighten considerably from darker brown tones to lighter golden tan colors. In addition, the broad color variation exhibited in freshly cut wood can undergo substantial muting over time. It has a uniform and moderately coarse texture.
Bolivian rosewood is notably hard and dense, with a dimensional stability similar to that of red oak.
Hardness – 1780. Bolivian rosewood is nearly ninety-seven percent as hard as pecan or hickory, is roughly twenty-two percent harder than hard maple, about eight percent harder than wenge, almost exactly thirty-eight percent harder than red oak, and is roughly eighty percent as hard as santos mahogany’s ranking of 2200.
Despite its density, Bolivian rosewood works well and sands to a fine natural polish. Many oil-based finishes will not dry properly with this wood, so water-based stains are preferred.
Bolivian rosewood is generally useful for the same purposes as the Brazilian variety, including wood flooring, decorative veneers, fine furniture, cabinet work, and specialty items.