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A hardwood obtained from the white peroba (Paratecoma peroba) and red peroba (Aspidosperma peroba) trees native to eastern Brazil. The red or rosa peroba produces a pink hardwood while the white peroba gives wood that is a pale olive to a dark brown in color. The wood has a straight grain and a fine uniform texture. It is strongly resistant to insect, fungi and to acids. Peroba wood is used for furniture, flooring, paneling, veneers, and carving.

Synonyms and Related Terms

white peroba (Paratecoma peroba); red peroba (Aspidosperma peroba); peroba (Fr.); peroba do campo (Port.)

Density 48 ppcf

Hazards and Safety

Contact with fresh wood may cause skin ulcers or allergies. Inhalation of dust may irritate lungs and throat.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
  • Tom Rowland, Noel Riley, A-Z Guide to Cleaning, Conserving and Repairing Antiques, Constable and Co., Ltd., London, 1981
  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979

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