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An extremely hard rose-red wood obtained from the Mesua ferrea tree native to southeast Asia. Gangaw wood has a fine grain with even texture. The dense heartwood is a deep red color while the sapwood is a pale brown. Also known as ironwood, the gangaw wood is used for furniture, cabinetry, and inlays.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Mesua ferrea (ironwood); bois de fer (Fr.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

Density 70 ppcf

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 877