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Pau Ferro (Machaerium scleroxylon), also called Bolivian Rosewood is no genuine rosewood (Dalbergia spp.) but belongs to the leguminosae family. It is a dense wood from Central and South America. Light brown, dark brown to purplish tan in colour and streaked with brown or black figure it takes a beautiful natural polish. Pau ferro was introduced to the market as a substitute for Brazilian Rosewood, but is now considered a valuable wood on its own merits and is most often used for architectural woodworking, knife handles and high-end furniture.