Uses: Suited for a wide range of exterior and interior applications such as boat building, sills, stairs, and flooring; shop fitting, high-class joinery, cabinetmaking, agricultural implements, and marine piling. Sliced veneers used for decorative veneering, flushdoors, and wall panelling.
General Description: Afrormosia's heartwood darkens upon exposure to deep orange-brown. The straight to interlocked grain produces a “rope” figure when radially cut. The texture is medium fine, (finer than teak without its oiliness). The weight varies from 620-780 kg/m³ (39-49 lb/ft³), average 690 kg/m³ (43 lb/ft³); specific gravity .69.
A heavy, dense timber, with high bending and crushing strength, medium stiffness and resistance to shock loads. The timber bending classification is moderate as it distorts during steaming and is intolerant of pin knots.
Afrormosia dries rather slowly with little degrade and small movement.
A very durable timber, highly resistant to termites and extremely resistant to preservative treatment. It is very resistant to decay but must not be used in contact with ferrous metals in wet situations to avoid corrosion. Tannin in the timber can cause blue stains.
Family Name: Leguminosae
Latin Name: Pericopsis elata
Distribution: West Africa
Also known as: Kokrodua (Ghana); Ayin, Egbi (Nigeria); Ejen (Cameroon)
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