Malawian Cedar

Widdringtonia Whytei by its Latin name, is from the Cupressaceae family and also known as Mkungusa, Mlanje Cedar or Mlanje Cypress.

Region

Malawai on Mount Mulanje.

Qualities

Easy to work. Saws cleanly and evenly due to oil content, hold nails well.

Density

480kg per cubic meter.

Characteristics

The sapwood is narrow and lighter in colour than the heartwood which is a light pink-brown with darker fine and spiral bands. It has a straight grain with an even texture. The timber is fragrant, durable and is resistant to insects e.g borer, termite and fungal attack.

Uses

Agricultural Implements, Balusters, Bedroom Suites,Furniture, Trunks/Kists/Chests, Linen Cupboards, Wardrobes, Cabinet Making, Shingles, Light Construction, Domestic Flooring, Mining, Boat Building, Musical instruments, Carving, Joinery, Turnery, Pencils, Vats, Cigar Boxes, Paneling and Parquet Flooring.