Indian Rosewood

Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia sissoo)

 

Common Names: Indian Rosewood, Sissoo, Sheesham

 

Distribution: India, Nepal and Pakistan, as well as Western Asia; also grown on plantations

 

Color/Appearance: Heartwood ranges from golden brown to a darker reddish brown. The pale, straw-colored sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood

 

Janka Hardness: 1,660 lbf

 

Density: 4.0 lb/b.f.

 

Allergies/Toxicity: Reported to cause skin irritation

 

Controlled species: CITES: yes, IUCN: no

 

Common Uses: Musical instruments (percussion), furniture, flooring, boatbuilding, carving and turned objects

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