(Pterocarpus fabaceae) All are of African or Asian origin. Valued for their toughness, stability in use, and decorativeness, most having a reddish wood. Most contain either water-or alcohol-soluble substances and can be used as dyes. The padauk found most often is African Padauk from Pterocarpus soyauxii which, when freshly cut, is a very bright red/orange but when exposed to sunlight fades over time to a warm brown. Its color makes it a favorite among woodworkers.
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