Yellow or orangey brown heartwood with red shades that darken when exposed to light. Well demarcated sapwood; coarse texture.
Origin: Cameroon, Congo and Gabon
Possible end-uses: Sleepers, carpentry, flooring, hydraulic works
Marketing: Logs, sawnwood, joists, decking
Physical and mechanical properties: Hard, resistant and naturally durable wood
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Differentiated (not perfect) wood: yellowish white and rather thick sapwood The colour of heartwood (duramen) is reddish white and quite dark. Abundant silver grain; numerous and fine vascular traces embedded in the wood, frequently containing shiny black resin. Occurrence of slight interlocked grain.
Possible end-uses: Heavy carpentry, shipbuilding, hydraulic works such as the construction of mooring systems and locks, etc.
Physical and mechanical properties: Excellent mechanical strength properties. The wood is moderately fissile
Yellow wood when green, turning dark brown to black brown. The wood contains alternate light and dark stripes.
Possible end-uses: Sliced veneers, furniture, flooring, cabinet-making
Physical and mechanical properties: the wood is hard, nervous, quite fissile and very elastic with excellent shock-resistance.