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Red palm wood (Cocos nucifera) comes from southeast Asia and is one of the most unusual woods of the world: its structure is unlike any other wood, it has very unusual grain consisting of interlocking strands of lightyellow to pink reddish colour with attractive red, reddishbrown to black streaks. The end grain of this wood looks really neat. An excellent turning wood, it is hard and finishes fine, yet a bit brittle. As palm trees are no real trees but like a grass or bamboo, only the exterior of the stem is usable and hard, the interior being soft and weak. During the Artdeco period it was used for finest designers furniture.