Uses: Used in furniture and high-class joinery for interior and exterior work, and general carpentry and joinery and construction work. Rotary cut material is used for plywood manufacture and sliced for decorative veneers for panelling. It should not be used in damp conditions due to natural staining properties if in contact with iron compounds.
General Description: Idigbo's heartwood is pale yellow-brown, showing a zonal figure originating in the growth rings – like plain oak – and sometimes with a light pinkish cast. The grain is straight to slightly irregular or interlocked. The texture is medium to fairly coarse and uneven. The weight is variable owing to the prevalence of light-weight brittleheart in the inner core-wood; also liable to thunder shakes. Weight from 480-620 kg/m³ (30-39 lb/ft³). Average sound material 560 kg/m³ (35 lb/ft³); specific gravity .56.
Very poor steam bending classification, medium crushing strength, low bending strength and very low stiffness and resistance to shock loads.
The timber dries rapidly and well with little checking or distortion. It is very stable with only small movement in service.
Idigbo's sapwood is liable to attack by powder post beetle. Moderately resistant to termites. The heartwood is durable and extremely resistant to preservative treatment; the sapwood is moderately resistant.
Family Name: Combretaceae
Latin Name: Terminalia ivorensis
Distribution: West Africa
Also known as: Black afara (Nigeria); bajii, bajee (Sierra Leone).