Zebrawood

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Zebrawood (Cynometra)

Description

Name used to refer to several types of wood having vivid and usually evenly spaced, light and dark stripes. The following specimens have been referred to as zebrawood:

1) Brachystegia fleuryana: a tree from Africa with a grain of parallel light straw-colored and dark brown stripes. It is also known as zebran, zebrano, or zingana

2) Connarus guianensis: a tree from South America that is often used in cabinetwork. It is a lightweight hardwood with distinctive dark reddish brown stripes on a cream color background.

3) Pithecolobium racemiflorum: a rare wood from French Guiana with irregular light brown stripes. It is also known as Bois serpent or Surinam snakewood.

Zebrawood (Microberlinia sp.)

Synonyms and Related Terms

1) Brachystegia fleurya; zebran; zebrano; zingana

2) Connarus guianensis

3) Pithecolobium racemiflorum; Surinam snakewood; Bois serpent

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965

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