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Purple Heart

This is the commercial name (sometimes written as one word: purpleheart) for a purplish-hued timber that is actually produced by about 20 different species of trees in the genus Peltogyne, although P. porphyrocardia is the most common. All grow in Central America and the tropical zone of South America, essentially from Mexico to southern Brazil. Currently, there are no restrictions on importing this particular tonewood, and supplies are said to be ample, though the cost is rather high. This timber is sometimes sold under other names, including purperhart, amerante, and violetwood.

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