merbau has an orangish-brown color when freshly cut, which ages to a darker reddish-brown. Color between boards can be highly variable.
There are also small yellow mineral deposits found throughout the wood, making it easier to separate from other lookalikes. (these yellow deposits are water-soluble and can cause staining.) this wood has excellent strength characteristics, along with excellent stability, making it ideally suited for use as wood flooring and other applications where strength is important.