Macrolobium grandistipulatum De Wild.
Macrolobium le-testui Pellegr.
Gilbertiodendron grandistipulatum is an evergreen tree; it can grow 7 - 15 metres tall[
], though specimens up to 30 metres have been recorded[
]. The bole can be 60 - 80cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.
West tropical Africa - Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, western Congo, western DR Congo.
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The wood is quite similar to that of Gilbertiodendron dewevrei[
]. The description of the wood is as follows:-
The heartwood is pale brown to dark reddish brown, darkening upon exposure; it is distinctly demarcated from the 5 - 10cm wide band of greyish or yellowish sapwood. The grain is straight or wavy, occasionally interlocked, texture medium to coarse; gum ducts are sometimes present. Quarter-sawn surfaces are slightly mottled, with alternating pale and darker brown streaks. The wood is medium-weight to heavy, durable, being moderately resistant to resistant to fungal attack, moderately resistant to termites and resistant to marine borers. Fresh wood saws relatively easily but slowly; the wood may have a significant blunting effect on saw blades, making the use of stellite-tipped saw teeth necessary; it works fairly well, but tends to blunt cutting edges; it moulds and planes easily; holds nails and screws well, but pre-boring is recommended to prevent splitting; paints, varnishes and glues well. It is not suitable for peeling. It air dries slowly, with a tendency to split; kiln drying should be done carefully to prevent distortion and checking. Once dry, the wood is moderately stable to unstable in service. The wood 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[
The wood is considered unsuitable as firewood, but it is much sought after for the production of charcoal[
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