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
LIimbali, Ekobem, Vaa, Tetekon, Ekpagoi Eze, Ditshipi, Epal, Abeum, Molapa, Ligudu,
Gilbertiodendron dewevrei, Macrolobium dewevrei, Gilbertiodendron preussii, Gilbertiodendron brachystegiodes,
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|
|Typical colour:||Red Brown|
|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 , with permission of the Research Unit Biomass, Wood, Energy, Bioproducts , CIRAD .
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