Gabon’s Ebony

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  • Common Name : Gabon’s Ebony
  • Botanic Name : Dyospiros Crassiflora
  • Family : Ebenacee
  • Commercial Name : Gabon’s Ebony, African Ebony
  • Area of origin :
    Now rare, more common in the coastal areas of the towns surrounding the Gulf of Guinea: Nigeria, Cameroon and Gabon.
    Related species grow in other parts of Africa.
  • Habitat : Rainforests
  • Description tree:
    Small tree that can reach a maximum height of 20.
    It has straight trunk and cylindrical with a diameter of 40-70 cm clear of sticks in the lower third.
  • Wood appearance:
    Sapwood ranging in color from yellowish-gray to gray-brown; heartwood varies in color very dark gray (which becomes black with oxidation) of the most valuable choices to gray-brown.
    Sometimes streaked with veins reddish or grayish-yellow.
  • Physical characteristics :
    • Approximate density: 1-1.2 kg / dmc
    • Bending strength: 140 N / mm²  
    • Compressive strength: 57 N / mm²  
    • Modulus of elasticity: 12,900 N / mm²  
    • Radial shrinkage: 8,3%
    • Tangential shrinkage: 13%
  • Workability :
    Wood has remarkable physical properties both static and dynamic, and is very resistant to impacts and at bending.
    It ‘a very hard wood and cutting a troublesome.
    The seasoning is pretty fast but trunks and large boards tend to split.
    Fundamental is the seal of the wood immediately after felling heads and favor a gradual maturation, possibly in small denominations.
    Great resistance to attack by fungi, insects and weather.
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