Common Name(s): Burmese Rosewood
Scientific Name: Dalbergia oliveri
Distribution: Primarily Myanmar (formerly Burma), and other southeast Asian nations
Tree Size: 50-100 ft (15-30 m) tall, 1-3 ft (.3-1 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 59 lbs/ft3 (940 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .78, .94
Janka Hardness: 2,710 lbf (12,060 N)
Modulus of Rupture: No data available
Elastic Modulus: No data available
Crushing Strength: No data available
Shrinkage: Radial: ~2%, Tangential: ~5%, Volumetric: ~7%
Color/Appearance: Heartwood color ranges from an medium orange to a darker reddish brown; sometimes with darker black streaks. Yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood. Color tends to darken with age, though it tends to maintain its color better than other colorful exotic woods.
Grain/Texture: Grain is usually straight or slightly interlocked. Medium-fine texture and a good natural luster.
Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; very large pores in no specific arrangement, very few to few; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; heartwood deposits (red and dark brown) common; narrow rays not visible without lens, spacing fairly close; parenchyma vasicentric, winged, and reticulate.
Rot Resistance: Rated as very durable regarding decay resistance, with mixed resistance to insect attacks.
Workability: Generally easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though it can blunt cutting edges rapidly. Care should be taken in gluing and finishing, due to natural oils in the wood that can disrupt the drying process. Turns and polishes well.
Odor: Burmese Rosewood has a distinct, rosewood-like scent while being worked.
Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, rosewood in the Dalbergia genus, (such as Burmese Rosewood), has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions simply include eye, skin, and respiratory irritation. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.
Pricing/Availability: Availability is somewhat limited, but Burmese Rosewood isn’t as scarce as some of the other more endangered rosewoods. Expect prices to be in the mid to upper range for an imported tropical species.
Sustainability: Burmese Rosewood is listed on CITES appendix II under the genus-wide restriction on all Dalbergia species—which also includes finished products made of the wood. It is also listed on the IUCN Red List as endangered due to a population reduction of over 50% in the past three generations, caused by a decline in their natural range, and exploitation.
Common Uses: Furniture, flooring, musical instruments (percussion), turned objects, and other small specialty wood items.
Comments: Burmese Rosewood is one of the lesser-known rosewoods, though it’s a well-known tonewood within its natural range. The wood is used for the bars of the ranad ek, a traditional Thai xylophone.
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- Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra)
- Burmese Blackwood (Dalbergia cultrata)
- Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa)
- East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
- Honduran Rosewood (Dalbergia stevensonii)
- Kingwood (Dalbergia cearensis)
- Madagascar Rosewood (Dalbergia baronii)
- Siamese Rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis)
- Sissoo (Dalbergia sissoo)
- Tulipwood (Dalbergia decipularis)
- Yucatan Rosewood (Dalbergia tucurensis)
Burmese Rosewood in thailand (we call Ching chan wood) average strength data is
Janka Hardness 12,317 N
Modulus of Rupture 174 MPa
Crushing Strength 126 MPa
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Thanks for that data. Would you mind sharing where you got that information from? I like to have a source for all the data that I put online.
Data from Department of Forestry in thailand since 2005 ago
When I click on the link, it says error 521 web server is down. Any chance you can copy and paste more info, or post the name of the link so we can google it? I’m always looking for more information on wood species, so I’d be interested to read if there’s been studies done on this wood.
I upload file in google drive
Burmese Rosewood (??????) list at No.17
Can burmese rosewood have the same color variations as cocobolo, is burmese rosewood’s sapwood dark colored, I bought a blank that I think might be burmese rosewood. I think the blank could be burmese rosewood because the wood has hints of magenta and dark cranberry-red with black and brown stripes, however the wood has a scent reminiscent to cocobolo.
Dalbergia oliveri Gamble.is endangered,but still found at Pauk,Central Dry zone of Myanmar.REAM,Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar,local Environmental NGO,has collected some data of the species and wanted to do conservation.But REAM is a small team and lack of enough funds
for the activity.If any environmentalist or organization want to do research or conservation,don’t hesitate to contact REAM.
C.C,REAM,Renewable Energy Association Myanmar,
160B,2nd Thiri Avenue,Ahlone Township,