I was in the Field Museum a couple of weeks ago and at the end of the new China exhibit is the "Cyrus Tang" spirit stone display. The wood flooring was extremely interesting, being a blond wood with heavy streaks of dark brown:

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What kind of wood is this?


The image you have came from the Field Museum obviously. In trying to look for plans or a source as to what the floor was made of I found a "case study" from the manufacturer that talks about the wood used in the exhibit. The quote from the site reads like an ad but it does talk about the flooring specifically used.

The exhibit also features PlybooStrand (Neopolitan) for the flooring. Plyboo was a perfect fit for this exhibit, as it comes from the Moso bamboo forests of China. A sustainable building material, it is made from 100% FSC-certified bamboo, which is rapidly renewable and free of urea formaldehyde. Plyboo is also extremely durable, an important consideration for such a heavy-trafficked environment.

It was easy after that to find the product page for the flooring quoted.

PlybooStrand (Neopolitan)

Image of PlybooStrand Neopolitan from plyboo.com

And as Treow Wyrhta's answer shows this is not wood but an engineered wood product. So in this case there is no grey area about the wood in question.

  • Normally I would not entertain these questions but I feel this Q&A works because I know what the wood is and there is no speculation.
    – Matt
    Nov 22 '15 at 2:00
  • Note that some of these bamboo-based products, and some of the other new "sustainable" materials, can be gotten as dimensional lumber for non-floor projects. You may have to special-order them, though, and they are still not cheap.
    – keshlam
    May 16 '16 at 4:12

Apparently it is a not a hard wood, but a synthetic bamboo plywood. The manufacturer, Intectural, describes it as:

PlybooStrand uses strand technology to turn 100% rapidly renewable bamboo into a beautiful yet exceptionally durable green building material for both commercial and residential use. Strand differs from typical bamboo material in that the bamboo is not cut into strips and laminated, but instead thrashed and pressed into dense logs. The logs are sliced and fabricated into plywood, creating a harder, denser material with an entirely new bamboo aesthetic.


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