ZEBRAWOOD

zebrawood> BOTANICAL NAMES
Microberlinia brazzavillensis. It belongs to the family of Leguminosae cesalpiniaceae.

> TRADE NAMES 
Zingana – France 
Zebrano – Italy, Germany, Great Britain

> ORIGINAL NAMES
Zebrawood – U.S.A. 
Amouk – Cameron

> GROWTH AREA 
This tree grows in West Africa, especially in Gabon and in Cameron.

> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES 
The sapwood, which is wide and whitish, is useless. The heartwood is light brown with marked and dark streaks, which unmistakable characterised this wood. It has a quite fine texture and often it presents an interlocking fibre; is quite hard, not very heavy with a good resistance to pressure and bending. Just cut, it smells bad. Dried, it lasts for long-time.

> SPECIFIC WEIGHT 
Seasoned on the open air, it has a specific weight that changes from 500 to 800 Kg/m3.

> DRYING METHOD 
The wood must be very slowly and carefully dried because it is very prone to checking and warping.

> MAIN USES AND WORKING 
It is easy to work: screw, nail and glue joints are easy and hold well. Polishing and varnishing is difficult due to the barbed wire lines and to the resin content. This wood can be used for the realisation of tools, handles, sport equipment, parquet. Thanks to its decorative appearance and its black stripes, it is extremely dependent on fashion trends.