Other names: Berlinia, Sarkpei, Ekpogoi, Abem, M'Possa, Pocouli, Melegba, Essabem

Botanical name: Berlinia bracteosa

                             Berlinia confusae           

                             Berlinia grandiflora

Density: Green 840 - 960 kg/m3

     Seasoned 720 kg/m3 (Average at 12% MC)

Durability: Moderately durable

Grain: Straight / slightly - occasionally Interlocked

Texture: Medium / Coarse

Heartwood: Pink brown - dark red brown with dark brown or purple streaks

Sapwood: Whitish - pink

Sawing: Easy (Moderate blunting effect)

Drying: Medium - Rapid

              Risk of distortion: Slight

              Risk of checking: Slight

Machining: Difficulties due to irregular grain

Wood bending: Moderate

Gluing: Good

Nailing: Holding properties - Good pre-boring necessary

Finishing: Good

End uses: Interior joinery, Furniture components, Heavy construction, High-class furniture