By Eric Meier. When attempting to identify a wood sample, it 's important to keep in mind the limitations and obstacles that are present in our task. Before starting, please have a look at The Truth Behind Wood Identification to approach the task in a proper mindset; I consider the linked article to be required reading for all those . - If you 've been wanting to add to your bank of knowledge or sound like a pro at identifying some of the most common species of wood, then read this guide..Prosopis pallida is a species of mesquite tree. It has the common names kiawe in Hawaii , huarango and American carob, as well as "bayahonda and "algarrobo blanco" usually used for Prosopis alba . It is a tlegume, native to Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, particularly drier areas near the coast. While threatened in .