Abura

Abura

Abura

Colour

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Abura

The Tree
Abura attains a height of 30m to 40m with a diameter of 1.0m to 1.2m. The tree is free of buttresses, and the bole is straight and cylindrical.

The Timber
Pale, reddish brown to light brown, sapwood wide but not differentiated from heartwood. Grain straight to interlocked, sometimes spiral grain present. Texture fairly fine and very even, sometimes figured like Canadian birch. Rather soft, weight varies from 480 to 640 kg/m3 dried (average 580 kg/m3).

Drying
Air and kiln dries well and with little degrade. Very stable when dried.

Strength
A timber with medium strength properties, resembling those of common elm.

Working Qualities
Medium - Works well and cleanly with hand and machine tools; takes a good finish; stains, paints, and polishes well. Holds nails and screws, and glues well. One of the best West African timbers for small mouldings. Some logs may have spongy heart , and are then difficult to work.

Latin Name
Hallea ciliata, ex Mitragyna ciliata, Hallea stipulosa, ex Mitragyna stipulosa

Also known as
Subaha (Ghana), bahia (French W Africa), elilom (Cameroons), elelome (Gabon), maza, voukou, vuku (Zaire), mujiwa, mushiwa

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Moderately easy, Easy (Sapwood)

Moisture
Small

Texture
Fine to medium

Origin
West Africa, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Camerrons, Gabon