> BOTANICAL NAMES
Mansonia altissima. It belongs to the family of Triplochitonaceae.
> TRADE NAMES
Mansonia – Italy, Great Britain, Germany
Bète – France
> ORIGINAL NAMES
Bète – Ivory Côte
Aprono, pruno – Ghana
> GROWTH AREA
This tree mainly grows in the south of Nigeria, in Ghana and on the Ivory Côte.
> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES
The sapwood is narrow and white yellowish, and is clearly distinguished from the colour of the heartwood which is dark violet tending towards grey. It has a fine and compact texture with a straight fibre. Heartwood is very durable and resistant to termites attacks.
> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
Seasoned on open air, it has a specific weight of about 600-700 Kg/m3.
> DRYING METHOD
The drying process is easy but must be handled with care, because of the natural tendency of this wood to warp, or, moreover, to cut near the nodes.
> MAIN USES AND WORKING
This wood is easily workable: glue joints and nails or screws hold well. It is also easy to polish and finished. It is used for furniture, frames and parquet. It is also used in the construction of little polished items and gun butts. During the last years, the use of this wood has been reduced because of the irritating dust that it produces.
Because of a vague similarity to the walnut, in Italy it is an usual practice to call it “noce mansonia” even if it is important to specify that it has nothing to do with it.