The Padauk solid wooden floor material is obtained from several species of Pterocarpus. All padauks are of African or Asian origin. Padauks are valued for their toughness, stability in use, and decorativeness, most having a reddish wood. MostPterocarpus woods contain either water- or alcohol-soluble substances and can be used as dyes.
The padauk solid wooden floor material found most often in the timber trade is African Padauk from Pterocarpus soyauxiiwhich, when freshly cut, is a very bright red but when exposed to sunlight fades over time to a warm brown. Its colour makes it a favourite among woodworkers.