Afromosia

Pericopsis Angolensis by its Latin name, is from the Leguminosae family and also known as Chianga, Chiwanga, East African Afromosia, Mbanga, Mmanga, Muanga, Mubamku, Muvanga, Muwanga, Mwanga and Umbanga.

Region

Central African Republic, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Qualities

The wood works well with only a slight tendency to pick up. It can be glued and polished satisfactorily.

Density

865kg per cubic meter.

Characteristics

Afromosia is lime green when freshly sawn oxidizing to a chocolate-brown to dark brown and has some resemblance to teak but with a distinct finer texture but lacking the oily nature of teak. The grain is straight and even to interlocked. It is a strong wood and very stable and durable in use. It is considered superior to teak in most of its mechanical properties.

Uses

Afromosia can be used as an alternative to teak where a strong, stable and durable wood is required. It is used for Furniture, High-Class Joinery, Flooring, Boat Building, Agricultural Implements, Cabinetmaking, Canoes, Carvings, Decks, Flooring, Commercial Flooring with heavy traffic, Heavy Construction, Light Construction, Marine Construction, Millwork, Mine Timbers, Musical Instruments, Plywood, Poles, Posts, Railroad Ties, Sporting Goods, Tool Handles, Turnery, Vats and Vehicle Parts.