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Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia)

 
Family – Bignoniaceae.
 
Distribution – Originally from Argentina. One of South Africa’s most famous street trees. Recently classified as an invasive alien and no longer allowed to be planted in South Africa.
 
Other names: Mimosa, Alba, Jacaranda-acutifolia
 
Characteristics: A close grained and attractive wood. White in colour with attractive markings and a fine texture. The timber weighs 610 kg/m3 when dried.
 
Working qualities: Easy to work. Glues, sands and stains well.
 
Uses: Furniture, turnery, cupboard doors and boxes.