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What list are you using as a reference? You are correct about there are recorded harder woods but they usually are for the Janka test on individual samples versus an average for the species.
I have did quite a bit of searching and have never seen Desert Ironwood listed, it's gotta be up there somewhere... wonder why someone hasn't tested it?
It is reported to be the only species in the genus to not have the wide rays. Finishes well though and looks good, see attached bottle stopper. Like maples the sapwood is thick and hard.Huh. I just realized that this is a sheoak. Certainly doesn't look like one. I've seen sheoak look just a little bit dull, but never anything like this piece. I can't see any rays at all. Normally, all sheoaks, regardless of cut, show strong signs of the rays.