Central and Tropical West Africa
The heart wood is very distinctive, vivid blood red colour maturing to dark purple brown with red streaks. The grain is straight to interlocked, the texture varies from moderate to very coarse.
The wood is very dense with high bending and crushing strengths, and medium stiffness and resistance to shock loads. Exceptionally stable in service. The wood makes for lovely contrast with other types of wood.
Padouk is extensively used for high class cabinets, Furniture and interior joinery.