TRADE NAME

TALI (MISSANDA)

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME

  • Erythrophleum ivorense A. Chev.
  • Erythrophleum suaveolens Brenan

 

FAMILY

Caesalpiniaceae

 


 

REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION

West Africa – Central Africa – East Africa*

Ivory Coast : ALUI, TALI
Senegal : TALI
Sierra Leone : GOGBEI
Guinea Bissau : MANCONE
Ghana : POTRODOM
Nigeria
: ERUN, SASSWOOD
Cameroon : ELONE
Gabon : ELOUN
Equat. Guinea : ELONDO
Congo : N’ KASSA
Zaire : KASSA
Mozambique : MISSANDA
Tanzania : MWAVI
Zambia : MUAVE
Great Britain : MISSANDA
* East African TALI are lighter coloured.

Pr. = OCC. (PROMOTION) Ex. = LOW

 


 

SAPWOOD

Yellowish white to pinkish white, clearly distinct.

 

HEARTWOOD

  • Colour : Yellow -brown to red brown, darkening on exposure
  • Grain : Slightly/occasionally interlocked to highly/frequently interlocked
  • Texture : Coarse
  • Silver figure : -

 


 

TECHNOLOGICAL PROPERTIES

  • Green weight (kg/m3) = 1100 – 1200
  • Specific gravity at 12% M.C. (kg/m3) MV12 = (heavy) 900
  • Volumetric swelling for 1% MC variation V% = (medium to large) 0.57
  • Total tangential swelling T% = 9.2
  • Total radial swelling R% = 5.4
  • Crushing strength (N/mm2) C12 = 78
  • Static bending strength (N/mm2) F12 = 177
  • Modulus of elasticity (N/mm2) E12 = 15700

 


 

END USE

  • Heavy exterior joinery
  • Heavy duty flooring
  • Railway sleepers
  • Harbor and dock work
  • Wagon trays
  • Turnery
  • Heavy construction – Bridges

 


 

REMARKS

  • Natural durability : Very durable
  • Lyctus susceptibility : No
  • Preservative treatment : Resistant
  • Other remarks :
    – Resistant to marine borers
    – TALI from East Africa are lighter coloured and with a more uniform aspect.