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Imbuya (Brazilian walnut) (Pheobe parisa)
Imbuya, figured (Nectandra villosa)


A dark, greenish-brown wood from the tree Nectandra villosa, native to Brazil. The color and texture of the wood is similar to true Walnut and thus it has been called Brazilian walnut. Imbuya is an important wood for carving, furniture, cabinets and flooring. Several other species of Nectandra trees also grow in the tropical region, many of which have similar characteristics.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Nectandra villosa; embuya; imbuia; Brazilian walnut

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 856
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)