Leopardwood exotic lumber is reddish-brown with light brown or gray rays. When the lumber is quartersawn, the rays appear as “flecks” or “spots. Because the appearance of these “spots” resembles the coat of a leopard, the lumber earned the name “leopardwood.”
Leopardwood is harvested in Central and South America. It is a dense wood and is resistant to rot. It is sometimes confused with Lacewood, which is also a South American wood. Lacewood is much less dense than Leopardwood. It is lighter in color and is susceptible to decay.