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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 two tribes Detarieae and Amherstieae were represented by several genera: Crudia, Eperua, Heterostemon, and Peltogyne in the Detarieae, and Macrolobium in the Amherstieae.
Peltogyne venosa is characterized by its unique purple flavonoids, the peltogynols (Bisby et al.
The book, "World Timbers," calls purpleheart, or the various species of Peltogyne that name denotes, one of the "most distinctive of timbers.