Heartwood is dark brown, reddish brown or nearly black in solid color or somewhat variegated. It is sharply demarcated from the nearly white to yellowish sapwood. Texture is fine to medium; grain straight to irregular; without any distinctive odor or taste.
Difficult to work because of its high density, but finish very smoothly and takes high polish. Workers should be protected from the irritating dust given off by some species.
Used for inlay flooring, parquet flooring, furniture, cabinetwork, violin bows and specialty items. It is a suggested as a substitute for ebony.