Andiroba quarter cut veneer is reddish brown, to light salmon. The grain has straight interlocked pattern, as well as some ripple.
Common Uses: Architectural panels, cabinetry, doors, flooring, furniture, as well as interior woodwork.
Common Name(s): Crabwood.
The Tree: Andiroba grows in tropical rain forests along the edges of rivers within the Amazon. This tree is capable of reaching 170 feet and being 4-6 feet in diameter.
A Little History: Still used in traditional medicine in Brazil and other countries surrounding the Amazon. The oil from the seeds allegedly treats multiple conditions, including infections. This oil is also used as an insect repellent, probably because of the bitter taste. Andiroba is part of the mahogany family.
Region: South America