Agent Name

Pao Ferro

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Machaerium scleroxylum, Tul.; Iron wood tree of Brazil; Morado; Santos palisander; Caviuna vermelha; [Kanerva, p. 826, 1321]

Category

Wood Dusts & Extracts

Sources/Uses

The tree is native to Brazil. The wood resembles Brazilian rosewood, and it is used to make recorders, knife handles, and furniture veneers. [Kanerva, p. 832-3]

Comments

The allergen is (R)-3,4-dimethoxydalbergion, a strong skin sensitizer. "Pao ferro is the most hazardous commercial timber in the wood working industriy." [Kanerva, p. 833]

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

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