USDA Forest Service
Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53705-2398
Wood Technical Fact Sheet
Other Common Names: Mlanje cypress, Mkungusa (Nyasaland).
Distribution: South and southeast Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique; plantations established in Tanzania and Kenya. Occurs in ravines and upper plateaus at elevations of 6,000 to 7,000 ft.
The Tree: Reaches a height of 140 ft; bole clear to 70 ft; trunk diameters up to 5 ft.
General Characteristics: Heartwood yellowish or light brown; sharply defined from the narrow paler sapwood. Texture fine; grain straight; distinct cedarlike odor; satiny luster.
Weight: Basic specific gravity (ovendry weight/green volume) about 0.45; air-dry density 34 pcf.
Mechanical Properties: No information available.
Drying and Shrinkage: Reported to have good seasoning properties.
Working Properties: Saws readily and works well with all tools, glues satisfactorily, nails and screws well.
Durability: Heartwood is very durable and highly resistant to termite attacks. Natural oiliness preserves without need for paint.
Preservation: No information.
Uses: Pencil slats, interior millwork, furniture, shingles, light construction, paneling, flooring.
Additional Reading: (3), (7)