Marblewood comes from Northeastern South America, including French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Colombia, and Peru. The heartwood is yellow to golden brown, with irregular brown, purple, or black streaks. Paler sapwood is about one inch thick and is solid yellow, lacking the contrasting streaks found in the heartwood.

Marblewood trees are known for their highly distinctive stripes, ranging in color from dark brown, to even purple or black.

The common names for this wood are Marblewood, Angelim Rajado, and Serpentwood. The scientific name is Zygia racemosa (syn. Marmaroxylon racemosum). It rates 2,530 lbf (11,250 N) on the Janka Hardness Scale.

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