African Mesquite
Common Name:African Mesquite
Scientific Name:Prosopis africana
Distribution:Tropical Africa
Tree Size:100 ft (30 m) tall, 5 ft (1.5 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight:59 lbs/ft3 (945 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness:2,940 lbf (13,080 N)
General Description
Black Mesquite is a heavy hardwood that ranges from rich brown to chocolate with purple overtones in color with a grain structure resembling mahogany. Turns and polishes well. The grain structure resembles mahogany. Clear portions of the trunk tend to have straight, wavy, or interlocked grain.
This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Market Value and usage
In West Africa, Prosopis africana is distinguished from other woody plants by the exploitation and use of all its organs (leaves, bark, root ...) by the rural population. For example, its wood, very resistant, is used as building materials (sheds, attics, ...) and in the manufacture of household utensils (mortar, pestle, ...) and charcoal, judged good by blacksmiths.
African Mesquite is considered durable to very durable regarding decay resistance, and also has good resistance to insect attack.
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