Reclaimed parquet flooring:
Partridge Wood (Andira Inermis)
Partridge Wood comes from South America, Central America (including the West Indies). As well as from West Africa – Ghana and Nigeria in particular. Rarer and better grown wood types were available during the era of the British Empire. Many of those slow grown species were imported to Britain and this is one of them!
This wood is also known by the name Angelin, West Indian Walnut, Yaba and Cabbage Bark amongst many, many others. It grows to a height of 90 – 100 ft (27 – 30 m) and with a trunk diameter of 30 inches or more ( 0.6 m )
Partridge Wood characteristics
This is a fine, quality wood. The grain is very striking. A beautiful timber that has contrasting narrow sapwood band. This is pale brown to greyish yellow and usually clearly defined from the heartwood. The heartwood colour ranges from a dark yellowish-brown to dark reddish-brown. Occasional bands of light coloured parenchyma tissue give this timber a distinctive figure, sometimes with lighter stripes, resembling a partridge wing markings, hence the name.
This species is a tough, strong and heavy quality timber. It has a medium texture and high resistance to impact and abrasion. The finishing qualities are very good. Partridge Wood has excellent stability with small movement in service, so it is makes excellent parquet flooring. A dense, durable wood, as well as being very attractive.
In the reclaimed parquet world, it is hard to find but very highly recommended.
You can order a sample or, when available, you can purchase this species on our Buy page.