Species: Dibetou


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Dibetou
Species profile
The wood is yellow brown or grey brown with black streaks or veins taking a golden glint. Black deposits in the pores; ring shakes and brittleheart are possible in some logs. It has clearly demarcated sapwood. The grain is interlocked and the texture is fine.

The blunting effect is normal and peeling and slicing is reported to be good. Difficulties due to interlocked grain in planing (tearing). Keep sharp tools. Ribbon like aspects on quartersawn. Sawdust may be irritant. Nailing is good and gluing is correct. Risks of end checks. Dibetou dries rapid to normal. Existing shakes tend to slightly extend. Risk of end checks.

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

Dibetou can be used for several applications Such as:
• interior: e.g. high class furniture, seats, panelling, sliced veneer, veneer, joinery, light carpentry

Should not be confused with Walnut (Juglans spp.), only colours are similar.

References
• CIRAD Forestry Department

Family:MELIACEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:Africa
Local and common name(s)
Bibolo, Dibetou, African Walnut, Mpengwa, N'vero, Apopo, Boyo Kondi, Lifaki Muindu, Noyer D'Afrique, Congowood, Bosso, Eyan, Bubini-Biri, M'Bero, Anamenila, Sida, Bombulu, Wnaimei, Noyer Du Gabon, Tigerwood,
Scientific name(s)
Lovoa trichilioides, Lovoa klaineana,
Typical use
Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Sliced veneer, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Turned goods, Light carpentry, Current furniture or furniture components, Interior panelling, Interior joinery, Seats,
Risk
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Appearance
Grain:Interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Texture:Fine
Typical colour:Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:47 (+/- 8) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,53 (+/- 0,06)
Stability:Stable
Static bending strength:72 (+/- 13) MPa
Durability
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable
Fungi:Class 3-4 - Moderately to poorly durable
Termites:Class S - Susceptible
Treatability:Class 3-4 - Poorly or not permeable
References
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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Dibetou