TRADE NAME

EBIARA

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME

  • Berlinia bracteosa Benth.
  • Berlinia confusa Hoyle
  • Berlinia grandiflora Hutch. & Dalz.

 

FAMILY

Caesalpiniaceae

 


 

REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION

West Africa – Central Africa

Sierra Leone : SARKPEI
Ivory Coast : POCOULI, MELEGBA
Nigeria : EKPOGOI
Cameroon : ABEM, ESSABEM
Gabon : EBIARA
Congo-Zaire : M’POSSA
Angola : M’POSSA
Great Britain : BERLINIA
W. Germany : BERLINIA

Pr. = NEGL. but POSS. Ex. = Low

 


 

SAPWOOD

Whitish to pinkish – rather thick 10 – 15 cm.

 

HEARTWOOD

  • Colour : Pink brown to dark red brown with dark brown or purple streaks
  • Grain : Straight to slightly/occasionally interlocked
  • Texture : Medium to coarse
  • Silver figure : -
  • Gum ducts frequently present

 


 

TECHNOLOGICAL PROPERTIES

  • Green weight (kg/m3) = 850 – 950
  • Specific gravity at 12% M.C. (kg/m3) MV12 = (medium) 720
  • Volumetric swelling for 1% MC variation V% = (medium) 0.55
  • Total tangential swelling T% = 8.9
  • Total radial swelling R% = 4.4
  • Crushing strength (N/mm2) C12 = 59
  • Static bending strength (N/mm2) F12 = 137
  • Modulus of elasticity (N/mm2) E12 = 11100

 


 

END USE

  • Interior joinery and fittings
  • Furniture components and high-class furniture
  • Heavy construction and house framing
  • Sliced veneers for decoration and cabinet works

 


 

REMARKS

  • Natural durability : Moderate to durable
  • Lyctus susceptibility : No
  • Preservative treatment : Resistant
  • Other remarks :
    – Sapwood easily impregnable.