Common Name:Mansonia
Scientific Name:Mansonia altissima
Distribution:West tropical Africa
Tree Size:100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1.0 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight:41 lbs/ft3 (660 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness:1,290 lbf (5,740 N)
General Description
Yellowish or grayish brown, with overall mostly bland figuring. Color tends to lighten and fade with exposure to light. Sapowood (yellow to nearly white) is clearly demarcated. Texture is fine to medium and uniform, with slight natural luster. Grain is generally straight, though occasionally interlocked.
This wood species is listed on the CITES Appendix II but not listed on the IUCN Red List as a threatened species.
Market Value and usage
Prices tend to be in the mid range for an imported tropical hardwood. The wood is used for general and high-class joinery, cabinet work, furniture, turnery, decorative veneer and handicrafts. Most commonly available in veneer form, Mansonia can also occasionally be found in board form.
Mansonia is very durable in regards to decay resistance, and is also resistant to termite and insect attack. Mansonia has good outdoor weathering properties.
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