Rose Wood (Dalbergia Latifolia)
The rosewood is one of the most highly prized and highly priced timber trees of the world and attains its finest growth in the southern reaches of the Western Ghats where mature trees may be over hundred-foot high. Its wood, a very purplish brown, is beautiful figured with black streaks. The wood doesn't shrink and is greatly famed for high class furniture and for carved, ornamental objects of art. A close cousin of the rose wood, 'sisam' (D. Sossoo) grows extensively along North Indian rivers. Its wood is also dark and much valued for furniture and carved cabinets.