Bloodwood

Bloodwood is the common name for several unrelated groups of trees.

*"Pterocarpus erinaceus", a deciduous South African tree with large yellow-orange flowers. It yields a thick red juice which is often used in the production of black dyes. Its wood is generally from a light pink to a deep blood-red, and is incredibly dense. This wood is often used by woodworkers for its natural ability to take a polish, and its unmistakable red coloring.

*"Haematoxylum campechianum" L., a tree from Mexico

*"Brosimum paraense" is a tree found in Brazil. Its dense heartwood (specific gravity of 1.15 when dry) is commonly called bloodwood due to its striking red color. The sapwood is easily distinguished by its yellowish-white color. The wood has a fine texture and takes a high polish. The wood is very hard and has a tendency to blunt tools. The wood is used in decorative woodworking and woodturning under the names Satine and Satine Bloodwood. The Nature Conservancy considers this tree secure within its native range.

* In Australia the name refers to either of two distinct groups of eucalypt: the genus "Corymbia" (formerly "Eucalyptus" subg. "Corymbia") and "Eucalyptus" subg. "Blakella". These two groups share in common their tessellated bark, but are easily distinguished by thickness of the wall of mature fruits; hence "Corymbia" is sometimes referred to as Woody-fruited Bloodwood, and "E." subg. "Blakella" as Paper-fruited Bloodwood.cite book | author = Boland, D. J. "et al" | year = 1985 | title = Forest Trees of Australia | edition = 4th Edition | isbn = 0-643-05423-5] The name bloodwood for these trees stems from the dark red to brown kino that accumulates on wounds on the trunks.

References

* [http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/splist.pl?1731 Germplasm Resources Information Network: "Brosimum"]
* [http://www.exotichardwoods-southamerica.com/bloodwood.htm Woodworkers Source, Hardwood Information Center: Bloodwood]
* cite book
last = Baker
first = Mark
year = 2004
title = "Wood for Woodturners"
publisher = Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications
location = Sussex
id = ISBN 1-86108-324-6


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  • bloodwood — Logwood Log wood . [So called from being imported in logs.] The heartwood of a tree ({H[ae]matoxylon Campechianum}), a native of South America, It is a red, heavy wood, containing a crystalline substance called h[ae]matoxylin, and is used largely …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bloodwood — noun /ˈblʌdwʊd/ a) Any of various trees having red wood, especially certain Australian eucalypts. I cut bloodwood saplings and shaped a new pair of shafts with an adze. b) A loblolly bay (tree) …   Wiktionary

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  • bloodwood — /blud wood /, n. 1. any of several Australian trees of the genus Eucalyptus, as E. gummifera or E. ptychocarpa, having rough, scaly bark. 2. an African tree, Pterocarpus angolensis, having reddish wood. 3. the wood of any of these trees. [1715… …   Universalium

  • bloodwood — n. tree that has red wood and produces dark red sap like the color of blood (found in Australia and regions of Africa); wood of this tree …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bloodwood — noun a hardwood tree with deep red wood. [Eucalyptus gummifera (Australia) and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • bloodwood — /ˈblʌdwʊd / (say bludwood) noun any tree of a number of species of Eucalyptus with characteristic bark of short fibres and transverse cracks, widespread in warmer parts of Australia, many species of which tend to have an exudation of a reddish… …   Australian English dictionary

  • bloodwood — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : any of numerous trees having a red juice or red wood:as a. Australia (1) : any of several eucalypts (as Eucalyptus corymbosa) (2) : a tree (Baloghia lucida) the sap of which is used a …   Useful english dictionary


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