This timber is neither milky or pear-like but a deep reddish brown with fine, tight grain lines which vary from dark brown to reddish and straw colour. It looks a bit like a rosewood.
The timber is hard and slightly brittle to turn and requires careful sanding through the grades. Being hard and tight, the spindles will be ideal for boxes, especially combined with an ebony finial. It does not absorb oils as well as some timbers but is perfect for high shine finishes like melamine lacquer or wax over a sanding sealer.