Hardwood from the Acquilaria agallocha tree of the Thymelaceae family that is native to China and other parts of Asia. The sapwood is whitish in color, while the heartwood is dark with a distinctive figuring. Agarwood was formerly an expensive but popular wood for inlay work that is now rarely sold commercially. The resinous wood has also been used for incense, perfume, cosmetics and medicinal purposes.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Acquilaria agallocha; Acquilaria malaccensis; Lignum aloes; Lignum aquila; aloeswood; aloes wood; paradise wood; calambac; agalloc; eaglewood; eagle wood; eagle-wood; chen-xiang (Chin.); jinko (Jap.); oud (Arab.)
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 671
- F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
- Gordon Hanlon, contributed information, 1998
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at http://www.wikipedia.com Comment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloeswood (Accessed Mar. 15, 2006)