SATIN-WOOD. The best variety is the West Indian, imported from St. Domingo, in square logs and planks from 96 to 20 in. wide; the next in quality is the East Indian, shipped from Singapore and Bombay in round logs from 9 to 30 in. diameter; and the most inferior is from New Providence, in sticks from 3 1/2 to 10 in. square; the wood is close, not so hard as boxwood, but somewhat like it in colour or rather more orange; some pieces are very beautifully mottled and curled. It was much in vogue a few years back for internal decoration and furniture; it is now principally used for brushes, and somewhat for turning, the finest kinds are cut into veneers which are then expensive; the Nassau wood is generally used for brushes. Satin-wood of handsome figure was formerly imported in large quantities from the island of Dominica. The wood has an agreeable scent, and is sometimes called yellow asunders. Bergeron mentions a "bois satine rouge."

The satin-wood of Guiana to stated by Aublet to be yielded by his Ferolia guianensis, which has both white sad reddish coloured wood, both satiny is appearance. The satin-wood of India and Ceylon to yielded by Chloroxylon Swietenia.