Species: Ekaba

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Species profile
The wood is pinkish brown and does not have clearly demarcated sapwood. The grain is straight or interlocked and the texture is medium. Possible presence of wind shakes.

The blunting effect is normal, peeling is reported to be good, and slicing is not recommended or without interest. Risks of grain tearing in presence of interlocked grain; a reduced cutting angle is then recommended. Nailing is poor and gluing is correct. Ekaba dries normal to slowly. T. bifoliolata has lower physical and mechanical properties than T. tubmaniana.

Ekaba is moderately durable to fungi and is susceptible to dry wood borers; sapwood not or slightly demarcated (risk in all the wood).

Ekaba can be used for several applications such as:
• interior: e.g. furniture, interior joinery, panelling, veneer, light carpentry, moulding, boxes and crates, formwork
• exterior: e.g. wood frame house, exterior joinery, panelling

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Local and common name(s)
Ekop-Ribi, Eko-Andoung, Hoh, Ekop, Sikon, Ekaban, Tetraberlinia,
Scientific name(s)
Tetraberlinia bifoliolata, Berlinia bifoliolata (synonymous), Tetraberlinia tubmaniana,
Typical use
Veneer for interior of plywood, Blockboard, Glued laminated, Moulding, Formwork, Turned goods, Exterior panelling, Interior panelling, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Light carpentry, Wood frame house, Boxes and crates, Current furniture or furniture components, Exterior joinery, Interior joinery,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Not clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Pinkish Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:56 (+/- 8) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,62 (+/- 0,07)
Stability:Moderately stable
Static bending strength:90 (+/- 15) MPa
Dry wood borers:Class S - Susceptible
Fungi:Class 3 - Moderately durable
Termites:Class S - Susceptible
Treatability:Class 2 - Moderately permeable
Technical descriptions from the software Tropix 7 [1], with permission of the Research Unit Biomass, Wood, Energy, Bioproducts [2], CIRAD [3].

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