The TreeEkki is a large tree, attaining a height of 45 to 50m and a diameter of 1.5m.
The TimberThe sapwood is pale pink and sharply defined from the heart-wood, which is red-brown to dark brown with a somewhat speckled appearance due to white deposits in the pores. The grain is usually interlocked and the texture is coarse. The wood is extremely hard and heavy, weighing 960 to 1120 kg/m3 when dried.
DryingVery difficult to dry and generally shakes badly; serious degrade is likely, especially surface checking and end splitting. Needs to be piled with special care.
Working QualitiesDifficult - Very difficult to work with hand tools, but can be worked by machines with less trouble. Must be pre-bored for nailing.
Latin NameLophira alata
Also known asBongossi (Camersoons), kaku (Ghana), azobe (Ivory Coast), akoura (Gabon), eba (Nigeria), hendui (Sierra Leone)
OriginSierra Leone, Nigeria, Cameroon