Erythrophleum africanum by its Latin name, is from the Leguminosae family and also known as African Blackwood, Bupunga, Elagji, Goro-Meli, Kasuko, Kayimbi, Missanda, Mkarati, Mukoso, Mukuso, Munyunya, Mushati, Muwako, Ordeal tree, Prekese, Samberu, Sise, Sungwoi, Umbako, Umsenya, Umsenyo.
The heartwood is a reddish to dark brown, the sapwood being paler than the heartwood and is white to yellow or pinkish. The grain is straight and even or interlocked with a medium texture. The timber is very durable and resistant to insects.
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