Wenge

Wenge

Wenge

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Wenge

The Tree
Medium-sized tree, 15m to 18m in height with a diameter up to 1.0m.

The Timber
Sapwood whitish, heartwood dark brown with fine, close blackish veining, giving the wood a handsome appearance. A very hard and heavy wood, it weighs about 880 kg/m3 when dried (panga panga is slightly lighter in weight at 800 kg/m3). Straight grained, it has a rather coarse texture.

Drying
Dries slowly and requires care if surface checking is to be avoided.

Strength
The wood is stated to have good resistance to bending and to shock.

Working Qualities
Good - Reported to be easy to work, but difficult to polish.

Latin Name
Millettia laurentii, Millettia stuhlmannii

Also known as
panga panga, palissandre du Congo, dikela (Zaire)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Extremely Difficult

Moisture
Small

Texture
Coarse

Origin
Zaire, East Africa