Botanical Name

Machaerium Scleroxylon

Other Common Names 

Bolivian Rosewood, Santos Rosewood, Caviuna, Pau Ferro, Jacaranda, Jacaranda Pardo, Capote


South America


Brazil, Bolivia

The Tree

Elongated, with long main branches, Straight, corrugated, commercial heights up to 25 m, Bark whitish color, coarse texture with white spots.


Heartwood brown to dark violet brown, often streaked, rather waxy; sapwood whitish, grayish, or yellowish. Luster medium to high; texture fine coarse; grain straight to irregular.


Luster medium to high; texture fine coarse; grain straight to irregular. Heartwood highly resistant to attack by decay fungi.

Working Properties

Morado is generally a fairly easy wood to work with hand and machine tools although inertlocking grain poses problems with cutting, shaping and planing. High oil content of the wood can make gluing difficult.


Morado is primarily used as an alternative to Brazilian rosewood although it is also recognized for its own unique characteristics. Uses include fine furniture, decorative veneers, turnery, specialty items and cabinetmaking.


Morado is extremely rare in comparison with many Brazilian species such as Brazilian Cherry. There is a limited amount of Morado in South America, but it is not endangered. Less logging, stricter regulations, and a slower American economy have limited commodities and caused slightly higher prices of this product in this country.