|Carapa procera and C. grandiflora|
Other Common Names: Gobi, Kowi (Sierra Leone), Toon-kor-dah (Liberia), Alla, Dona (Ivory Coast), Bete, Krupi (Ghana), Agogo (Nigeria), Mujogo, Mutongana (Uganda).
Distribution: Widely distributed in western sections of tropical Africa and extending eastward to Uganda; the range of both species overlap in Angola and Zaire.
The Tree: Attains a height of about 50 ft; mature stems fairly straight, usually fluted, small buttresses; diameters 2 to 3 ft.
General Characteristics: Heartwood pink when freshly cut, turning to a reddish brown with a golden luster; sapwood pinkish gray or light brown, well demarcated in C. procera. Grain straight, wavy, or interlocked; texture variable from fine to coarse; high luster; a bitter taste but no odor.
Weight: Basic specific gravity (ovendry weight/green volume) varies with species 0.53 to 0.65; air-dry density 40 to 50 pcf.
Mechanical Properties: No information available.
Drying and Shrinkage: Generally air dries well with little degrade, logs prone to end-splitting. No information available on kiln schedules or shrinkage values. Movement in service is rated as moderate to small.
Working Properties: Reported to be easy to work and takes a smooth finish, some tearing of interlocked grain in planing, turns well, easy to glue.
Durability: Only moderately resistant to attack by decay fungi and termites.
Preservation: Heartwood reported to be extremely resistant to preservative treatments.
Uses: Joinery, furniture, flooring, used in Uganda for mine work.
Additional Reading:: ((3), (6)
6. Chalk, L., J.B. Davy, H.E. Desch, and A.C. Hoyle. 1933. Twenty Wst African timber trees. Clarendon Press. Oxford.
From: Chudnoff, Martin. 1984. Tropical Timbers of the World. USDA Forest Service. Ag. Handbook No. 607.