Other names: Lingue, Afzelia, Papao, Apa, Aligna, Bolengu, Uvala, Mussacossa

Botanical name: Afzelia aAfricana                 

                            Afzelia bella

                            Afzelia bipendensis

                            Afzelia pachyloba

Density: Green 1,100 - 1,200 kg/m3

     Seasoned 750 kg/m3 (Average at 12% MC)

Durability: Very durable

Grain: Straigh / Slightly Interlocked

Texture: Medium

Heartwood: Reddish brown

Sapwood: Clearly distinguishable whitish - pale yellow

Sawing: Easy (Slight / moderate blunting effect)

Drying: Slow

              Risk of distortion: Slight

              Risk of checking: Slight

Machining: Difficulties due to irregular grain

Wood bending: Moderate

Gluing: Special precaution needed

Nailing: Holding properties - Good pre-boring necessary

Finishing: Good with filling

End uses: Interior & exterior joinery, Normal & heavy duty flooring, Heavy construction, Boat building, Chimical resistant tanks.