Arruda flat cut wood veneer has a coarse texture. Heartwood is chocolate to violet brown to violet, streaked with black or golden brown.
Common Uses for Flat Cut Arruda Wood Veneer: Architectural panels, millwork, cabinetry, doors and furniture, as well as both yacht and aircraft interiors.
Other Name(s): Umbu or Imbu.
The Tree: Native to northeast Brazil, Arruda is a slow growing tree, typically reaching heights up to 20 feet.
A Little History: This tree is an important resource for one of the driest regions of Brazil. The fruit that Arruda produces can be eaten either raw or cooked and the flavor is similar to a sweet orange. These fruits are often made into ice cream and drinks, as well as jams and jellies. (Source: tropical.theferns.info)
Region: South America