13.6" Polished Petrified Palm Wood Round - Indonesia

This is a 13.6" wide, polished round of petrified palm wood (Palmoxylon) from Sumatra, Indonesia. The vascular nature of root means that traditional tree rings are replaced by pores and channels. One side has been polished to a glossy finish while the back has been backed with fiberglass/epoxy for stability. There are some small pockets of pyrite covering the surface of the round.

Petrified palmwood includes a group of fossil woods that contain rod-like structures within the regular grain of the silicified or agatized wood. Depending upon the angle at which they are cut, these structures show up as spots, tapering rods, or continuous lines. The rod-like structures are sclerenchyma bundles that comprise part of the woody tissues that gave the wood its vertical strength.
Palmoxylon (Palm Wood)
Sumatra, Indonesia
13.6 x 9.3", .6" thick
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