Botanical Name

Roupala Brasiliensis

Other Common Names

Leopard, Lacewood, Brazilian Lacewood


South America, Chile, Brazil

The Tree

Grows up to 150 feet with a trunk diameter of up to 4 feet.


Leopardwood is a reddish brown species with an unusual graining pattern which consists of a multitude of "eyes". Leopardwood offers a medium degree of color range from lighter tan/browns through to darker browns. Leopardwood undergoes a slight muting of the color range found when fresh milled and will darken slightly over time to a medium orangey brown.


The grain features rays that intersect the rings of annual growth; when the logs are cut, the rays display in a mottled pattern throughout the faces of the boards. The texture is moderately coarse. The wood is lustrous.

Working Properties

It is moderately hard and works easy, taking glues, stains, and finishes well; though there may be some difficulty in planning. Leopardwood also has a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges.


Leopardwood is used primarily in accent strips and borders where the many "eyes" found in this unique species are desired for contrasting effect.


Limited availability, Considered on the expensive side of imports, available from specialty wood suppliers. Alternative to Lacewood.