Macrolobium brachystegioides Harms
Gilbertiodendron brachystegioides is a tree that can grow from 25 - 35 metres tall, occasionally to 40 metres. The rather straight bole can be free of branches for up to 20 metres and up to 80cm in diameter; it is free of buttresses[
The treee is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is mainly used locally. The wood is traded internationally in small quantities together with the wood of Gilbertiodendron dewevrei[
West tropical Africa - Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon.
High rain-forest; in small nearly pure stands[
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The wood is used in the same way as Gilbertiodendron dewevrei[
The heartwood is a light chestnut brown to dark brown; it is clearly demarcated from the 5 - 10cm wide band of white sapwood.[
]. The texture is coarse; grain straight or interlocked; it releases a foetid smell on cutting, but this fades. The wood is of medium to heavy in weight, moderately hard, durable, being resistant to fungi and dry wood borers, and moderately resistant to termites. The wood works well with power tools, but the blunting effect is high and stellite-tipped tools are recommended; nailing and screwing are good, but pre-boring is necessary; it glues well for interior use. The drying rate is slow, with a high risk of distortion; it is moderately stable in service[
]. The wood, traded as ‘limbali’, is very suitable for flooring, joinery, stairs, window frames, doors and decks of bridges. It can also be used for heavy construction including hydraulic works, interior trim, mine props, ship building, vehicle bodies, garden furniture, railway sleepers, toys, novelties, agricultural implements, draining boards and turnery. As the wood does not have special aesthetic qualities, it is not very suitable for cabinet work and fine joinery[
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