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Unlike anything most people have ever seen, Lacewood is named for the many "pearlescent paisly shaped parenchyma pitch pockets" that are riddled throught the rusty colored heartwood. Parenchyma are collections of cells that store food for the tree, and, while most wood has parenchyma, Lacewood pretty much has elephantitus of the parenchyma. When polished, they take on a pearly glow in contrast to the reddish backdrop of the heartwood. It can look a bit like a large school of fish turning in the light.