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Leopardwood ranges from a pale pinkish-brown to medium brown with a flaky, speckled figure with dark flecks, varying from a small lace-like pattern to a larger splash-like figure. The sapwood is brownish-red while the heartwood is more chocolate-brown in color. The texture is medium to fine with a straight and slightly irregular tight grain. It is stronger, darker and denser than lacewood.

Formal Name: Panopsis rubellens

Other Names: Snakewood, Brazilian Lacewood, Brazilian Leopardwood


The leopard tree grows in areas of South America — primarily Chile and Brazil.

Working Properties

Despite the density and figure of leopardwood, it works well with both machine and hand tools. It glues well and can be brought to an attractive, polished finish with oils, lacquers and urethanes.

Main Uses

Popular uses of leopardwood include cabinetry, decorative veneer, boxes, inlays, turnings and fine furniture.