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Andaman Padauk Pterocarpus dalbergioides
NARRA IN NAME BUT NOT IN SPECIES
Andaman padauk is a pink or honey color and shares the look and feel of its relative amboyna (P. indicus), which is also often known as narra. Andaman padauk is not easy to season, and foresters girdle trees to reduce the risk of surface checking. It is durable and strong, but does not bend well. The interlocking grain can be awkward to work and the lumber can dull tools. In India it is used for construction and marine purposes.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS

Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Padauk, Andaman redwood, vermillion wood, red narra, yellow narra
Related species Narra or amboyna (P. indicus)
Sources Andaman Islands (in the Indian Ocean)
Color Variable, from pink with red streaks to brick red with purple streaks. The wood darkens to a red-brown; the paler honey-colored or pink boards are less common but highly prized.
Texture Medium to coarse, and relatively even
Grain Interlocking, with striped or mottled figure
Hardness Hard
Weight Medium to heavy (48 Ib./cu. ft.) (770 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

P. dalbergioides is occasionally sold as rams by specialist sources, but the situation is confused by the fact that P. indicus, which is more usually referred to as narra or amboyna, is now in very short supply and is extinct in some Asian and Southeast Asian countries. There appears to be no current threat to Andaman padauk, but we have not been able to find certified P. dalbergioides. Any supplies will be limited and expensive.



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