TULIP-WOOD is the growth of the Brazils. The wood is trimmed and cut like King-wood, but it is in general very unsound in the center; its colour is flesh red with dark red streaks; it is very handsome, but it fades. The wood, which is very wasteful and splintery, is used in turnery, Tunbridge ware manufactures, and brushes; it is often scarce.
The specimen in W. Loddiges' collection from Rio Janeiro, (also called St. Sebastian), bore the Portuguese name of Sebastiao Aruda; that in
Mr. Morney's, at the Admiralty, Sebastiao d' Arruda, and Mr. - 's
St. Sebastine d' Arooda, evidently the same; that in my German collection, Ferolia arbor. - Lignum in modo marmoris variegatum.
A wood sometimes called French tulip-wood, from its estimation in that country, appears to resemble a variegated cedar: it is much straighter and softer in the grain than the above, the streaks are well contrasted, the light being of an orange red; it appears to be a very excellent furniture and turnery-wood, but has no smell; it contains abundance of gum, and is considered to come from Madras, but which peninsula has no pines.