The TreeA medium sized, fairly slender tree above the rather heavy butresses. If grows to a height of 23m to 30m with a diameter of 0.5m to 0.75m. P.bequaertii has a density of 670kg/m3 and P.macrocarpa has a density of 580kg/m3.
The TimberThere is no distinction between the sapwood and heartwood and the timber is cream in colour, sometimes with a greyish tint. The texture is coarse and the grain interlocked.
DryingNeeds to be dried quickly after conversion in order to avoid fungal staining. Although it dries rapidly, it has a tendency for surface checking to occur.
StrengthSimilar to European ash in most strength properties, but is inferior to that wood in hardness, toughness and especially splitting.
Latin NamePterygota bequaertii, Pterygota macrocarpa
Also known asKefe (Nigeria), Awari (Ghana)
TextureCoarse interlocked grain