Red Heart

Red Heart (Erythroxylum spp. and Simira spp.)

 

Common names: Redheart, Chakte Kok

 

Distribution : Southern Mexico to southern Brazil and Paraguay

 

Color/appearance : Redheart can be a very bright, watermelon red—though color can vary in intensity and hue from board to board: anywhere from a light orange/pink, (similar to Pink Ivory), to a darker brownish red. Redheart’s vibrant color quickly fades to a reddish brown in direct sunlight, though this color change can be slowed (but usually not stopped entirely) by using a finish with UV inhibitors.

 

Janka hardness: 1210 lbf

 

Density: 3.34 lbf

 

Allergies/Toxicity: Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Redheart.

 

Sustainability: CITES: No, IUCN: No

 

Common Uses: Turned objects, inlays, veneer, fine furniture, and small specialty wood items.

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