TRADE NAME

PAOROSA

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Swartzia fistuloides Harms

 

FAMILY

Caesalpiniceae

 


 

REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION

West Africa – Central Africa – East Africa

Ivory Coast : BOTO
Gabon : OKEN
Centrafrica : N’GUESSA
Congo : KISASAMBA
Zaire : NSAKALA
Mozambique : PAU FERRO

Pr. = LIMITED Ex. = LOW

 


 

SAPWOOD

Demarcated, yellowish white, sometimes very thick

 

HEARTWOOD

  • Colour : Pink brown, striped with red brown bands
  • Grain : Slightly interlocked
  • Texture : Fine to medium
  • Silver figure : -

 


 

TECHNOLOGICAL PROPERTIES

  • Green weight (kg/m3) = 1100 – 1200
  • Specific gravity at 12% M.C. (kg/m3) MV12 = (very heavy) 1010
  • Volumetric swelling for 1% MC variation V% = (large) 0.65
  • Total tangential swelling T% = 6.2
  • Total radial swelling R% = 4.4
  • Crushing strength (N/mm2) C12 = 89
  • Static bending strength (N/mm2) F12 = 208
  • Modulus of elasticity (N/mm2) E12 = 17000

 


 

END USE

  • Sliced veneers for decoration and cabinet works
  • High-class furniture
  • Musical instrument (Xylophone)
  • Turnery
  • Carving

 


 

REMARKS

  • Natural durability : Durable
  • Lyctus susceptibility : No
  • Preservative treatment : Resistant
  • Other remarks :
    – A good alternate for PALISSANDRE and BUBINGA.