Species: Lotofa

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Species profile
Family:MALVACEAE (angiosperm)
Local and common name(s)
N' Kanang, Wawabima, Brown Sterculia, Lotofa, Aye,
Scientific name(s)
Sterculia rhinopetala,
Typical use
Sliced veneer, Current furniture or furniture components, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Heavy carpentry, Stairs (inside), Seats, Interior joinery, Veneer for interior of plywood, Flooring, Wood frame house, Interior panelling,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Red Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:72 (+/- 6) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,84 (+/- 0,07)
Stability:Moderately stable
Static bending strength:133 (+/- 13) MPa
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable - sapwood demarcated
Fungi:Class 2 - Durable
Termites:Class M - Moderately duarable
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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