Species: Mutenye

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Species profile
The heartwood is yellowish brown to brown presenting a dark striping or reddish glints. The sapwood is clearly demarcated. The grain is straight or interlocked and the texture is fine.

The blunting effect is fairly high and slicing is reported to be good. Requires power. Some difficulties in planning due to interlocked grain. Nailing is good but pre-boring is necessary. Gluing is correct for interior only. It dries slowly and must be dried carefully.

Mutenye is moderately durable to fungi and is durable to dry wood borers; sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood).

Mutenye can be used for several applications such as:
• interior: e.g. panelling, flooring, sliced veneer, stairs, seats, wood-ware, high class furniture, joinery
• exterior: e.g. heavy carpentry, wood frame house

Substitute for Walnut (Juglans regia) for sliced veneers.

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Local and common name(s)
M'penze, Mbenge, Olive Walnut, Benzi, Mutenye,
Scientific name(s)
Guibourtia arnoldiana,
Typical use
Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Current furniture or furniture components, Turned goods, Interior joinery, Wood frame house, Seats, Sliced veneer, Interior panelling, Flooring, Stairs (inside), Heavy carpentry, Wood-ware,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:79 (+/- 10) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,79 (+/- 0,05)
Stability:Moderately stable
Static bending strength:138 (+/- 14) MPa
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable - sapwood demarcated
Fungi:Class 3 - Moderately durable
Termites:Class M - Moderately duarable
Treatability:Class 3-4 - Poorly or not 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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