Species: Difou

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Species profile
The wood is yellow brown and has clearly demarcated sapwood. The grain is straight or interlocked and the texture is medium. The colour darkens with air and becomes brown. Difou is similar to Iroko.

The blunting effect is fairly high; peeling is reported to be bad and slicing is reported to be good. Requires power. Nailing is good but pre-boring is necessary. Gluing is correct. Difou dries normal to slowly.

Difou is very durable to fungi and is durable to dry wood borers; sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood). This species naturally covers the biological hazard class 4 for building.

Difou can be used for several applications:
• interior: e.g. high class furniture, stairs, sliced veneer, paneling, sculpture, flooring, joinery, industrial or heavy flooring
• exterior: e.g. sleepers, bridges, ship building, panelling, joinery, heavy carpentry, stakes, posts, vehicle or container flooring

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Family:MORACEAE (angiosperm)
Local and common name(s)
Ossel, Difou, Mecobze, Aye, Kankate, Kesse, Wonton, Mecodze, Bonde,
Scientific name(s)
Morus mesozygia,
Typical use
Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Exterior joinery, Current furniture or furniture components, Stairs (inside), Interior joinery, Hydraulic works (fresh water), Bridges (Parts in contact with water or ground), Poles, Vehicle or container flooring, Shingles, Bridges (Parts not in contact with water or ground), Flooring, Exterior panelling, Sliced veneer, Heavy carpentry, Interior panelling, Sleepers, Stakes, Industrial or heavy flooring, Ship building (planking and deck), Sculpture,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Yellow Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:86 (+/- 6) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,84 (+/- 0,07)
Static bending strength:143 (+/- 10) MPa
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable
Fungi:Class 1 - Very durable
Termites:Class D - Durable
Treatability:Class 3 - Poorly 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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