The TreeA very large tree often attaining a height of 60m and a diameter of 3m.
The TimberThe heartwood is rich red or light reddish brown in colour, the sapwood is pale. The timber is hard and heavy with a fine texture.
DryingDries at a moderate rate with little degrade although some slight distortion may occur.
StrengthCompares well to greenheart in compression and MOE (modulus of elasticity), although slightly less strong in bending.
Working QualitiesMedium - Easy to work but has a blunting effect due to the high silica content. The sawdust can cause cause irritation of mucous membranes.
Latin NameBaillonella toxisperma
Also known asDjave (Nigeria), Ayap (Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon)
TextureMedium to fine
OriginSouthern Nigeria, Gabon