Pink Ivory

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Pink Ivory
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rhamnaceae
Genus: Berchemia
Species: B. zeyheri
Binomial name
Berchemia zeyheri
(M. Berchem) C.L.P. Zeyher

Pink Ivory (Berchemia zeyheri), also called Red Ivory, umNini or umGoloty, is a very rare African wood used to make luxury products (for example billiard cues and knives). The Pink Ivory tree grows predominantly in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. The wood is extremely hard, with a density of 990 g/dm³.

Pink Ivory is the royal tree of the Zulus because only the royal family were allowed to possess the wood. A legend was started[when?] in order to increase the value of the wood when sold overseas. The "legend" claimed that anyone else other than the Zulu royal family possessing the wood (including foreigners) was said to be punished with death.

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