Tulipwood (South American)

Dalbergia variabilis

Trade Names

Bahia Rosewood, Rosewood

Similar Woods

Rio Palisander, Honduras Palisander


South America


South America, primarily in Eastern Brazil in the lower tropical rain forests. Very seldom used as veneer wood since the tree only grows to a small diameter.


High quality architectural woodwork, in demand as inlay wood (France), architectural wood for furniture, paneling and luxury products.


The heartwood is yellow with irregular reddish streaks, stripes or with patches which fade when exposed to light and air. Nevertheless, very decorative. Due to the small diameter often has defects and split heart. Therefore, only suitable for occasional and inlay furniture, seldom used for architectural woodwork.


Since this wood is very hard, sharp tools are essential. The wood splits easily and tears when the feed speed is too high. Cleanly planed surfaces on the other hand are very smooth and have a light lustrous finish.


Drying should not be too quick to avoid later losses through checking. Bahia Rosewood is not prone to warping.


The surface should be polished to highlight the magnificent marking and this operation is not difficult. It is also easy to apply all surface treatments.


Joints with screws, nails and glue are very smooth and are made in the normal way.