Find technical and marketing information for lesser-used tropical timber species, LUS. Learn more on our Mepepe (Albizia zygia) page. English West African albizia (Savill & Fox); West African walnut (Unwin); ‘Senegal rosewood’ (mis-applied – this properly refers to Pterocarpus erinaceus Poir.). Familia: Fabaceae Subfamilia: Mimosoideae Tribus: Ingeae Genus: Albizia Species: Albizia zygia. Name. Albizia zygia (DC.)
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The tree may reach a height of 40 to 50 m with a trunk diameter of cm. The bole is well shaped or asymmetrical with short buttresses. Albizia zygia is widely distributed. Mostly trees of the primary forest are exploited, but it is also common in secondary forests.
Tangential diameter of albzia lumina micras or more large. Vessels per mm2 less than 6 rare. Rays 1 to 4 seriate. Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
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The sapwood is white or white-yellow, it has a albzia of 5 cm. The heartwood is golden-yellow or light-brown, sometimes with a greenish tinge, it is clearly demarcated.
Zygix durable; important risks of decay attacks at any processing step, from logs up to final products. It must receive preservative treatment. Sensible to termites attack. Heartwood is sensible to Lyctus attacks. This timber is reported to have a negligible silica content. Silica contents over 0.
Mepepe (Albizia zygia) | ITTO
The wood seasons well when not too rapidly dried. In India boards 2. Scientific Name Synonyms Zygia brownei Walp. Botanical Description The tree may reach a height of 40 to 50 m with a trunk diameter of cm. Natural Habitat Albizia zygia is widely distributed. Natural Distribution Widely distributed throughout tropical Africa.
Color The sapwood is white or white-yellow, it has a thickness of 5 cm. Grain Straight or slightly interlocked, sometimes with an influence on further processing operations. Texture Medium texture is reported in this species. Luster Luster is usually low. Natural Durability Not durable; important risks of decay attacks at any processing step, from logs up to final products. Internal Growth Stresses For this species no growth stresses are reported.
Silica Content Silica Content: Resistance To Impregnation Difficult to treat with only a low penetration of the preservative products. Basic Density or Specific Gravity O. Drying Defects Ease of Drying: Actual Dry Kiln Program http: Sawing It is easy to saw. Rotary Veneer Cutting Not suitable for veneering.
Sliced Veneer Not suitable for veneering.
Blunting Effect Slight blunting effect; ordinary tools can be used for sawing and machining. Machining Machining of this species is reportedly easy. Planing Easy; no particular problems. Moulding Moderately easy; tools must be cautiously sharpened. Boring Moderately easy; tools must be cautiously sharpened. Mortising Moderately easy; tools must be cautiously sharpened.
Nailing No particular problem. Gluing Glues well if basic gluing technical rules are followed. Sanding Easy to perform; it gives good results.
Polishing Can be polished without surface preparation. Response To Hand Tools No particular problems. General Housing 10 – Silica in Timbers.
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