ABURA

abura> BOTANICAL NAMES
Mitragyna stipulosa.

> TRADE NAMES
Also called bahia, this wood is commonly known with the name of abura.

> ORIGINAL NAMES
Abura – Nigeria
Bahia – Ebony Côte

> GROWTH AREA
This tree develops below the rainforests of western equatorial Africa.

> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES
The sapwood, white-yellowish coloured, is weakly differentiated from the heartwood which is grey-pink or light-brown coloured and is also uniform and opaque. It has a fine and compact texture with a straight fibre. It doesn’t last for long, moreover when it is just cut, since it is easily attacked by the Lyctus.

> DRYING METHOD
The drying method is quite easy and without any risks, however it has to be carefully carried on in order to avoid possible splits.

> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
Seasoned on open air, it has a medium specific weight of 700 Kg/m3.

> MAIN USES AND WORKING
It is easy to produce joints with glue, nails and screws which hold firmly; it is very suitable for cutting and stripping. It is used in carpentry for parquet floors, frames, polished works, foundry models and for the plywood’s production.

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