Uses: Interior and exterior joinery, boatbuilding, shopfitting, flooring, panelling, furniture, mouldings, coachwork, coffins, laminated frameworks, turnery. Resinous odour prevents use in contact with foodstuffs. Selected logs sliced for veneers.
Agba's heartwood is pale pinkish-straw to tan coloured.
Grain straight to wavy or moderately interlocked, fine textured.
Weight average 520 kg/m³ (32 lb/ft³); specific gravity .52.
Brittleheart is extensive in larger logs. Agba's bending strength is low, resistance to shock loads is also low, with very low stiffness and medium crushing strength; bending classification is only moderate.
Dries fairly rapidly with little degrade and small movement in service, but exudes oleo resin or gum from pockets and high temperatures should be avoided.
This durable timber is very resistant to decay but the sapwood is liable to attack by common furniture beetle. It is resistant to preservative treatment, but the sapwood is permeable.
Family Name: Leguminosae
Latin Name: Gossweilerodendron balsamiferum
Distribution: West Africa
Also known as: “Nigerian Cedar” (UK); Mutsekamambole (Nigeria); Nitola (Congo)