Species: Limbali

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Species profile
The wood is red brown with greenish or copper shades. Possible internal stresses. It has clearly demarcated sapwood. The grain is straight or interlocked and the texture is coarse. Density at 12 % moisture content: 0.81 g/cm3.

The blunting effect is fairly high; peeling is reported to be bad and slicing is not recommended or without interest. It requires power. Log turning sawing recommended as soon as possible after felling (risks of splitting). Nailing is good but pre-boring is necessary. Gluing is correct for interior only. It dries slowly. Drying must be handled with care to reduce risks of cracks. Air drying under cover recommended.

Limbali is durable to fungi and is durable to dry wood borers; sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood). Good resistance to white rot. Moderate resistance to brown cubical rot.

Limbali can be used for several applications such as:
• interior: e.g. flooring, panelling, stairs, industrial or heavy flooring, joinery
• exterior: e.g. wood frame house, panelling, ship building, heavy carpentry, joinery, vehicle or container flooring

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Local and common name(s)
LIimbali, Ekobem, Vaa, Tetekon, Ekpagoi Eze, Ditshipi, Epal, Abeum, Molapa, Ligudu,
Scientific name(s)
Gilbertiodendron dewevrei, Macrolobium dewevrei, Gilbertiodendron preussii, Gilbertiodendron brachystegiodes,
Typical use
Heavy carpentry, Exterior joinery, Ship building (planking and deck), Stairs (inside), Industrial or heavy flooring, Interior joinery, Interior panelling, Vehicle or container flooring, Wood frame house,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:This taxon has not yet been assessed for the IUCN Red List
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Red Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:72 (+/- 5) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,81 (+/- 0,05)
Stability:Moderately stable
Static bending strength:137 (+/- 13) MPa
Strength class:
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable
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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