Species: Gombe

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Species profile
Gombé occurs in all the wet forests of West Africa from Liberia and Sierra Leone to the Republic of Congo and Central African Republic in the Congo basin. But it is more frequently encountered in Gabon, Cameroon and Central African Republic.

It is mostly exported from Gabon as sawn timber - Air dried or Kiln dried. Greater quantities of this wood could be exported without effect on renewability.

Gombé is a tall tree which can rise to a height of more than 50 m. Its trunk, 20 to 25 m high, is practically cylindrical as far as its buttresses, which are thick and usually short. The logs are generally well shaped ; their diameter can reach 1 m to 1.2 m.

Sapwood is whitish to yellowish. The heartwood is salmon pink, sometimes with a few greenish-brown
veins. Grain is often straight, occasionally slightly interlocked.

Gombé is easily sawn and can be peeled without difficulty. Nails, screws and staples can be inserted wihout difficulty. It can also be satisfactorily glued with all glues in common industrial uses and used to make laminated or finger-joint.
Kiln drying of Gombé poses no particular problem.

Description and photo provided by: WALE - Wood & Logistics Expert (Emmanuel Groute) supported by STTC, IDH, Cirad and ETTF

Local and common name(s)
Ekop-Gombe, Broutou, Bondu, Gombe, Angok, Timba,
Scientific name(s)
Didelotia africana, Didelotia idae, Didelotia letouzeyi, Didelotia brevipaniculata,
Typical use
Veneer for interior of plywood, Sliced veneer, Boxes and crates, Interior panelling, Current furniture or furniture components, Light carpentry, Vehicle or container flooring, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Formwork, Interior joinery, Exterior joinery, Seats, Wood frame house,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Interlocked Grain:Marked
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Orange Yellow
Physical description
Crushing strength:54 (+/- 4) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,64 (+/- 0,05)
Stability:Moderately stable
Static bending strength:90 (+/- 12) MPa
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable
Fungi:Class 4 - Poorly durable
Termites:Class S - Susceptible
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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