Morado // Machaerium scleroxylon

Fine to medium texture. Sometimes sold as a substitute for Brazilian Rosewood or named Bolivian Rosewood and Santos Rosewood. Hard, but works pretty well: easy on the cutters, does not splinter, etc. Very durable and gorgeous. Dust may be an irritant to some people.
Morado grows in Latin America
map of where Morado grows
color of Morado
Color Range
Dark violet brown or a lighter tan brown with dark streaks and stripes - somewhat rosewood like.
other names for Morado
Other Names
Bolivian Rosewood, Santos Rosewood, Caviuna, Jacaranda pardo, Pau Ferro
uses for Morado
Some Typical Uses
Musical instruments, furniture, cabinets, flooring, turning, accessories.
the Morado tree
What's the Tree Like?
Mid-sized, rarely large.


lbs /Bd. Ft.
23.46% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
51.94% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
32.81% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak