Native to Asia, Black Palm consists of black fibers embedded in a lighter tan or light brown colored body. Fibers are more densely packed toward the outside of the tree trunk, becoming more and more sparse toward the center of the tree. The center core of the tree is soft and contains none of the darker vascular bundles that give the wood its characteristic look and hardness.
Technically neither a softwood nor a hardwood, palm falls into the category of monocots, which also includes bamboo, grass, banana, rice, wheat, corn, etc. Palm woods have no growth rings, and as a result, the shrinkage rate for drying the wood is more or less uniform between the radial and tangential surfaces. Black Palm is highly variable in weight, strength, and hardness properties because the wood is so non-homogenous: the trunk is a gradient between the strong fibrovascular bundles and the softer cellulose structure. Toward the outer wall of the trunk, the density of the wood is the greatest and gradually becomes lighter, softer, and weaker towards the soft core.
Borassus flabellifer, Palmyra Palm
This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (Learn More)