Species: Movingui

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Species profile
The wood is lemon-yellow to yellow brown. Some logs present a highly figured wood. Possible presence of internal stresses and wind shakes. It has clearly demarcated sapwood. The grain is interlocked and the texture is medium.

The blunting effect is high and peeling and slicing is reported to be good. Some difficulties due to irregular grain. Filling is recommended in order to obtain a better finish. Nailing is good but pre-boring is recommended, especially for large nails (risks of splits).Gluing is correct. It dries normal. It is moderately stable to stable.

Movingui is moderately durableto fungi and is durable to dry wood borers; sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood). The Movingui cannot be used without appropriate preservative treatment for end-uses under biological hazard class 3, except for some parts of a work such as windows, less exposed than others (entrance doors, shutters…). This species is used for exterior joinery in tropical areas but its use in temperate area is limited as it is prone to Coriolus versicolor fungi attacks.

Movingui can be used for several applications such as:
• interior: e.g. veneer, panelling, flooring, stairs, high class furniture, sliced veneer, joinery, light carpentry
• exterior: e.g. panelling, wood frame house, joinery, vehicle and container flooring

Movingui contains water-soluble yellow extracts that can stain the elements in contact with wood under moisture conditions.

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Local and common name(s)
Ayan, Barre, Movingui, Bonsamdua, Eyen, Ayanaran, Distemonanathus,
Scientific name(s)
Distemonanthus benthamianus,
Typical use
Sliced veneer, Wood frame house, Interior joinery, Exterior panelling, Stairs (inside), Arched goods, Current furniture or furniture components, Vehicle or container flooring, Shingles, Light carpentry, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Exterior joinery, Interior panelling, Flooring, Cooperage, Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Glued laminated, Turned goods, Resistant to one or several acids,
Commercial restriction:
IUCN Red List status:
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Yellow
Physical description
Crushing strength:64 (+/- 11) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,73 (+/- 0,06)
Stability:Moderately stable to stable
Static bending strength:116 (+/- 13) MPa
Strength class:
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable
Fungi:Class 3 - Moderately durable
Termites:Class M - Moderately duarable
Treatability:Class 4 - 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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