Jacaranda

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Jacaranda tree Jacaranda mimosifolia

Description

Wood from any of several catalpa trees of the genus Jacaranda native to the West Indies, tropical Americas, Florida, and California. One popular jacaranda wood is called caroba from the Brazilian tree, J. copia. Jacaranda is a fragrant ornamental wood has been used for carvings, small decorative items, pianos, knife handles, cabinets, and expensive furniture. The name jacaranda has also been commonly used for other unrelated decorative type woods such as Brazilian rosewood and blue ebony.

See also catalpa.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Jacaranda mimosifolia; Jacaranda cuspidifolia; Jacaranda copia; jacaranda (Fr., Port.); catalpa; caroba; Brazilian rosewood; blue ebony

Other Properties

Small tree = 8-13 m Bark = thin, smooth, gray-brown Flowers = Clusters of lavender blue cylinders (3 cm long) in late spring

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Website address 1 Comment: Virginia Tech Dendrology website at www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/main.htm (accessed Oct. 3, 2005)
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998