Brazilian Lacewood

Roupola ssp. (brasiliensis, montana)

Trade Names

Louro Faia, Brazilian Silky Oak

Similar Woods

European Lacewood, Australian Lacewood, Indian Silver Oak


South America


Northern and central parts of South America with main growing area in Brazil. Hardly any literature available on this particularly special species due to the fact of its small importance economy-wise and also due to the many wood species growing in South America.


Not known very well in Europe, Brazilian Lacewood has been used there for interior construction only and, since the end of the nineties, also for dashboards in cars. In South and North America also used in furniture and parquet productions, sometimes also for decks of ships. Veneers are readily available in good dimensions and can be procured in medium quantities without a problem.


Due to distinct and very regular center rays, a highly decorative picture develops when this species is worked up in quartier resembling snakeskin. Colourvaries from deep pink to dark brown, depending on steaming time.


Brazilian Lacewood is easy to work with all tools.


Highly prone to warping. Must be dried with care.


Surface treatment of Brazilian Lacewood presents no difficulties. Its decorative structure is highlighted best when surfaces are polished to a bright luster.


Joints are easy to produce with glue, screws and nails and have good tensile strength.