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purpleheart, purple wood

The heartwood of any of several leguminous South American trees; hard, durable, fine-grained wood which is brown in color but turns purple on exposure; esp. used for inlays and veneer.
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The fruits of Peltogyne paniculata are dehiscent, measuring up to 5 cm in length, which, due to animal predation, adopt a high seed production as regeneration strategy, where barochoric and zoochoric dispersion may occur (Rivera-Martin et al., 2013).
Peltogyne species including Peltogyne pubescens, Peltogyne paniculata, Petogyne porphyrocardia, Peltogyne venosa and Peltogyne densifloro of the Family Caesalpiniaceae (Leguminosae)
in the state of Mato Grosso (Marimon et al., 2001a, b) and forest dominated by Peltogyne gracilipes Ducke on the Island of Maraca, in Roraima (Milliken and Ratter, 1989, 1998; Nascimento and Proctor, 1994; 1997a, b; Villela and Proctor, 1999).
A monodominancia de Peltogyne gracilipes na Ilha de Maraca, Roraima, foi caracterizada por Nascimento e Proctor (1997) onde a especie representa 20% de todos os individuos da floresta e 53% da area basal total do fragmento estudado.
Fluorescence in Caryocar costaricense, Copaifera aromatica, Astronium graveolens, Mora oleifera and Myroxylon balsamum was green, greenish, or weak green, whereas in Dussia macroprophyllata, Lecythis ampla, Hymenolobium mesoamericanum, Peltogyne purpurea and Tachigali versicolor it was yellow, yellowish or weak yellow (Table 3).
The book, "World Timbers," calls purpleheart, or the various species of Peltogyne that name denotes, one of the "most distinctive of timbers.
Effects of selective logging on the abundance, regeneration and short-term survival of Caryocar costaricense (Caryocaceae) and Peltogyne purpurea (Caesalpinaceae), two endemic timber species of southern Central America.