Uses: Suitable for heavy construction, all marine work such as lock gates, wharves, bridge building and decking,
railway sleepers, very heavy duty flooring.
General Description: Okan is a yellow to golden brown colour sometimes with a green tinge. The sapwood is pale in colour and distinct from the heartwood. The average weight is about 960 kg/m³ (60 lb/ft³) at 12% moisture content.
It can be difficult to obtain a good finish due to the grain pattern and is known to severely blunt knives and saws. However, it will saw satisfactory and plane is a low cutting angle is used.
It dries very slowly with a tendency to split and check.
The heartwood is very durable whilst the sapwood is liable to attack from powder-post beetles. Both
the heartwood and sapwood are extremely resistant to preservative treatment.
Family Name: Cylicodiscus gabunensis
Also known as: Denya (Ghana)
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