Other names: Utile, Assié, Bebay, Addeng-assie, Liboyo, Kalungi, Mufumbi

Botanical name: Entandrophragma utile

Density: Green 840 - 960 kg/m3

     Seasoned 660 kg/m3 (Average at 12% MC)

Durability: Moderately durable / Durable

Grain: Slightly Interlocked

Texture: Medium

Heartwood: Red / Brown / slightly purplish

Sapwood: Pinkish white

Sawing: Easy (Slight blunting effect)

Drying: Medium

              Risk of distortion: High

              Risk of checking: Slight

Machining: Difficulties due to irregular grain

Wood bending: Difficult

Gluing: Good

Nailing: Holding properties - Good

Finishing: Good but filling necessary

End uses: Interior & exterior Joinery, Flooring, Plywood (Faces), Boat building & fitting, High-class furniture