Chloroxylon faho is a deciduous tree, usually growing up to 15 metres tall, but some specimens can reach 25 metres. The straight bole can be free of branches for up to 7 metres, occasionally to 15 metres, it can be 45 - 70cm in diameter[
The tree produces an excellent quality timber. It is harvested from the wild and only used locally.
Africa - northeastern Madagascar.
Humid evergreen forest from sea-level up to 500 metres[
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The heartwood is pale yellow to golden yellow; it is not clearly demarcated from the 4 - 6cm wide band of sapwood. The grain is straight, sometimes interlocked; texture very fine; the wood is mottled and lustrous. The wood is heavy, hard and flexible, it has an excellent resistance to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. Once dried, it is unstable in service. It works well with hand and machine tools, but with a rather high blunting effect on cutting edges; stellite-tipped sawteeth are needed; it takes a nice polish; in gluing there is a risk of discoloration. The wood is used for local construction and carpentry. It is suitable for the same purposes as East Indian satinwood, (Chloroxylon swietenia), which includes furniture, panelling, interior joinery, parquet flooring, cabinet work, carvings, luxury goods and veneer[
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