TRADE NAME

IZOMBE

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Testulea gabonensis Pellegr.

 

FAMILY

Ochnaceae

 


 

REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION

Central Africa

Gabon : IZOMBE, AKE, N’KOMI, AKEWE
Congo : N’GWAKI
Cameroon : RONE

Pr. = OCC. Ex. = NEGL.

 


 

SAPWOOD

Not clearly demarcated

 

HEARTWOOD

  • Colour : Pink yellow to orange yellow
  • Grain : Straight to slightly/occasionally interlocked
  • Texture : Fine to medium
  • Silver figure : Fine (barely visible)
  • frequent resin deposits

 


 

TECHNOLOGICAL PROPERTIES

  • Green weight (kg/m3) = 1000
  • Specific gravity at 12% M.C. (kg/m3) MV12 = (medium) 720
  • Volumetric swelling for 1% MC variation V% = (medium) 0.47
  • Total tangential swelling T% = 7.4
  • Total radial swelling R% = 4.2
  • Crushing strength (N/mm2) C12 = 61
  • Static bending strength (N/mm2) F12 = 139
  • Modulus of elasticity (N/mm2) E12 = 10500

 


 

END USE

  • Interior and exterior joinery
  • Domestic flooring
  • Decorative sliced veneers
  • Interior fittings
  • Furniture and cabinet work
  • Turnery
  • Carvings

 


 

REMARKS

  • Natural durability : Durable
  • Lyctus susceptibility : No
  • Preservative treatment : Resistant
  • Other remarks : -