Guibourtia coleosperma Heitz
Guibourtia pellegriniana is a tree that can grow up to 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 40cm in diameter, sometimes grooved at the base, and with buttresses[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its high quality wood, which is often exported.
West tropical Africa - southern Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, western DR Congo, northern Angola.
Sometimes abundant in forests with Berlinia tomentosa, Saccoglottis gabonensis[
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The heartwood is a pink or reddish brown with some fine, purplish-red veins and some brown veins; it is clearly demarcated from the 2 - 8cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight or interlocked, sometimes wavy. The wood is heavy to very heavy; hard to very hard; moderately to very elastic; durable, being resistant to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. It seasons slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is poorly stable in service. The wood has a high blunting effect - stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; care is needed when working with interlocked grains; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring; gluing is correct for internal purposes only and needs to be done with care because the wood is dry and smooth. The wood is very decorative and is often used for veneers, it is also used to make high class furniture, cabinet work, turnery, flooring, stairs, heavy carpentry, joinery, panelling, railway sleepers etc[
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