Species: Frake / Limba

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Frake / Limba
Species profile
The wood is light yellow and does not have demarcated sapwood. The grain is straight or interlocked and the texture is medium. Sometimes it has brittleheart. Some logs have black greyish heartwood, more or less veined. Density at 12 % moisture content: 0.54 g/cm3.

The blunting effect is normal (sometimes quite high) and peeling and slicing is reported to be good. Internal stresses in some logs (usually timbers from plantation). Nailing is good and gluing is correct. Fraké dries rapid to normal. Sawdust may cause allergic reactions during machining.

Fraké is poorly durable to fungi and is susceptible to dry wood borers; sapwood not or slightly demarcated (risk in all the wood). Preservative treatment is sometimes difficult due to a variable permeability (low to good).

Fraké can be used for several applications such as:
• interior: e.g. furniture, seats, paneling, boxes and crates, veneer, wood-ware, joinery, moulding, light carpentry, fiber and particle boards, sliced veneer
• exterior: e.g. wood frame house

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Family:COMBRETACEAE (angiosperm)
Local and common name(s)
Azinii, Limba, Akom, Frake, Noyer Du Mayombe, Ofram, Afara, N'Ganga, Kojagei, Limbo, Korina, White Afara,
Scientific name(s)
Terminalia superba,
Typical use
Veneer for interior of plywood, Blockboard, Seats, Interior panelling, Light carpentry, Wood frame house, Fiber or paticle boards, Sliced veneer, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Current furniture or furniture components, Interior joinery, Moulding, Glued laminated, Boxes and crates, Wood-ware,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Not demarcated
Typical colour:Light Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:47 (+/- 8) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,54 (+/- 0,07)
Stability:Moderately stable
Static bending strength:80 (+/- 16) MPa
Strength class:
Dry wood borers:Class S - Susceptible
Fungi:Class 4 - Poorly durable
Termites:Class S - Susceptible
Treatability:Class 2 - Moderately 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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Frake / Limba