> TRADE NAMES
Sapelli – Germany, Italy, France
Sapete – Great Britain
> ORIGINAL NAMES
Aboudikro – Ivory Coast
Penkwa – Ghana
> GROWTH AREA
This tree develops in the humid equatorial forest of the west and central Africa.
> TECNOLOGICAL FEATURES
The sapwood is grey reddish or yellowish and is clearly distinguished from the heartwood which is dark reddish and tends to darken over time. After cut, it emanates a characteristic scent. It has a fine texture and a wavy grain that at the true quarter cut creates a characteristic band figure. Its sapwood is very liable to insect and fungi attacks. Instead the heartwood is very durable and very resistant to the insect attack.
> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
Seasoned on the open air, it has a specific weight of 650 Kg/m3.
> DRYING METHOD
Usually it is dried very slowly to avoid possible warping.
> MAIN USES AND WORKING
Being very easy to work, this wood is often used as a substitute of the real mahogany, together with the other Mellaceae. It is very required by the furniture as well as the plywood industries. In joinery it is widely used for panelling, parquet floors, fixtures, musical instruments like pianos and also for boats.