SPECIES OF LUMBER

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NIANGON

  TRADE NAME NIANGON   SCIENTIFIC NAME Heritiera utilis Kosterm. (= Tarrietia utilis Sprague) Heritiera densiflora Kosterm. (= Tarrietia densiflora Aubr. & Normand)   FAMILY Sterculiaceae     REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION West Africa – Central Africa * Sierra Leone : YAMI Liberia : WHISMORE Ivory Coast : NIANGON Ghana : NYANKOM Gabon : OGOUE * Mainly H. densiflora Pr. = FAIRLY IMP. (Decreasing) Ex. = FAIRLY IMP., REGUL.     SAPWOOD White to […]

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MOVINGUI

  TRADE NAME MOVINGUI   SCIENTIFIC NAME Distemonanthus benthamianus Baill.   FAMILY Caesalpiniaceae     REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION West Africa – Central Africa Ivory Coast : BARRE Ghana : BONSAMDUA Nigeria : AYAN, AYANRAN Cameroon : EYEN Gabon : MOVINGUI Equat. Guinea : EYEN Great-Britain : AYAN, DISTEMONANTHUS Pr. = OCC. (Promotion) Ex. = Low     SAPWOOD Narrow, straw-yellow, fairly distinct from heartwood.   HEARTWOOD Colour : Yellow to yellowish […]

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KOSIPO

  TRADE NAME KOSIPO   SCIENTIFIC NAME Entandrophragma candollei Harms   FAMILY Meliaceae     REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION West Africa – Central Africa Ivory Coast : KOSIPO Ghana : PENKWA – AKOWAA Nigeria : OMU, HEAVY SAPELLE Cameroon : ATOM-ASSIE Zaire : IMPOMPO Angola : LIFUCO W. Germany : KOSIPO – MAHOGANI Great-Britain : OMU Pr. = REGUL. Ex. = FREQ.     SAPWOOD Clearly demarcated ; whitish to pale brown […]

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KEVA

  TRADE NAME KEVAZINGO (BUBINGA)   SCIENTIFIC NAME Guibourtia demeusei J. Leonard Guibourtia tesmanii J. Leonard Guibourtia pellegriniana J. Leonard   FAMILY Caesalpiniaceae     REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION Central Africa Cameroon : BINBINGA, ESSINGANG Equat. Guinea : OVENG Gabon : KEVAZINGO, EBANA (= G. demeusei) Zaire : WAKA U.S.A. : AKUME Pr. = REGUL. Ex. = REGUL.     SAPWOOD Clearly demarcated, whitish, rather thick.   HEARTWOOD Colour : Red-brown or […]

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IZOMBE

  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 […]

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IROKO

  TRADE NAME IROKO (KAMBALA)   SCIENTIFIC NAME Chlorophora excelsa Benth. & Hook f. Chlorophora regia A. Chev.   FAMILY Moraceae     REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION West Africa* – Central Africa – East Africa Sierra Leone : SEMLI Liberia : SEMLI Ivory Coast : IROKO Ghana : ODUM Nigeria : ROKKO Cameroon : ABANG Gabon : ABANG, MANDJI Congo-Zaire : KAMBALA Zaire : LUSANGA, MOLUNDU, MOKONGO Angola : MOREIRA Mozambique : […]

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EBIARA

  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. = […]

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DOUSSIE

  TRADE NAME DOUSSIE   SCIENTIFIC NAME Afzelia africana Smith Afzelia bella Harms Afzelia bipendensis Harms Afzelia pachyloba Harms – A. cuanzensis Welw.   FAMILY Caesalpiniaceae     REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION West Africa – Central Africa (Afrique de l’Est : A. Cuanzensis) Sierra Leone : KPENDEI Guinea Bissau : PAUCONTA Senegal : LINGUE Ivory Coast : LINGUE, AZODAU Ghana : PAPAO Nigeria : APA, ALIGNA Cameroon : M’BANGA, DOUSSIE Congo, Angola […]

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DIBETOU

  TRADE NAME DIBETOU   SCIENTIFIC NAME Lovoa trichilioides Harms (= Lovoa klaineana Pierre)   FAMILY Meliaceae     REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION West Africa – Central Africa Sierra Leone : WNAIMEI Ivory Coast : DIBETOU Ghana : DUBINI-BIRI, MPENGWA Nigeria : APOPO, SIDA, ANAMENILA Cameroon : BIBOLO Gabon : EYAN Zaire : LIFAKI-MUINDU, BOMBULU Equat. Guinea : NIVERO, EMBERO Great Britain : AFRICAN WALNUT, TIGERWOOD U.S.A : TIGERWOOD, CONGOWOOD France : NOYER […]

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DABEMA

  TRADE NAME DABEMA   SCIENTIFIC NAME Piptadeniastrum africanum Brenan (= Piptadenia africana Hook. f.)   FAMILY Mimosaceae     REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION West Africa – Central Africa – East Africa Sierra Leone : MBELE. GULI Ivory Coast : DABEMA Ghana : DAHOMA Nigeria : AGBOIN, EKHIMI Liberia : MBELI Cameroon : ATUI Equat. Guinea : TOM Gabon : TOUM Congo, Angola : N’SINGA Zaire : BOKUNGU, LIKUNDU Uganda : MPEWERE Great […]

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