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The dull brown Purple Heart has a heartwood that discolours quickly to an attractive purple-blue when exposed to light. If the wood is not finished, the purple colour turns to dull brown when exposed to ultra-violet light. The sapwood is white to grey-brown and is 30-60 mm thick.
Properties of this timber species
- Botanical name: Peltogyne venosa / Peltogyne confertiflora / Peltogyne paniculata / Peltogyne catingae / Peltogyne spec. div.
- ATIBT name: Amarante
- Purple Heart is listed in the Dutch norm NEN 5493 'Quality Requirements For Hardwoods In Road Construction Works, Hydraulic Engineering Works And Other Structural Applications’
- Primarily for decorative work, sculptures, panelling, frames, knobs and handles, rulers, supports and veneer
- In the Netherlands, Purple Heart is used for parquet, inside doors, sectioned decks for jetties, trailer floors and garden applications
- In the countries of origin, it is used for construction timber, door and window frames, balconies, industrial floors, hydraulic works and bridge-building, fendering and boat keels
- Resistance to fungi: class 2-3 (durable – moderately durable)
- Resistance to insects: Termites class D (sapwood and heartwood very durable)
- (700)-750-850-900-(1050) kg/m3 at 12% moisture content
- Fresh 1100 kg/m3
source: Houtvademecum © 2010 Centrum Hout Almere, 10e herziene druk
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