Objects of Wonder: Exotic Wood

September 14, 2016
composite image of four brightly colored woods

Stanley Yankowski / Smithsonian Institution

Exotic Wood: Quiina negrensis (upper left), Cornus controversa (upper right), Cornus stolonifera (lower left), Colubrina arborescens (lower right)

Exotic wood has long been prized for its beauty and variety--beauty and variety that extends to a microscopic level. This sampling of one of the world’s largest collections of wood is a wood block and shows the amazing cellular structure of exotic woods.   

Stanley Yankowski / Smithsonian Institution

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