Paraberlinia bifoliolata Pellegr.
Julbernardia pellegriniana is a tree that can grow 15 - 45 metres tall. The straight or slightly sinuous bole can be unbranched for 15 - 20 metres, 80 - 100cm in diameter, with thin buttresses up to 2 metres tall and 1 - 2 metres apart[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its good quality wood.
West tropical Africa - Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, western DR Congo, northern Angola.
Rain-forest; in very scattered stands in Gabon but also in very localised small stands in Cameroon[
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The heartwood is brown, highly veined with alternate dark and light coloured streaks; it is clearly demarcated from the 10 - 15cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight or interlocked, sometimes oblique. The wood is moderately heavy; moderately hard; elastic; moderately durable, being resistant to dry wood borers and fairly resistant to fungi and termites. It is somewhat slow to season, with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. It works fairly well with ordinary tools, though there is a risk of distortion in maching, especially planing; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring; gluing is correct[
]. A good quality wood, though the end uses can be somewhat limited due to the low yields cause by the possible presence of defects. It is used for high class furniture, cabinet making, heavy carpentry, construction, interior panelling and joinery etc[
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