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    Light red, fairly uniform colour. Timber exposed to air shifts into reddish brown. Some pieces are patterned, bringing out the silver figure or have a mottled aspect.

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  • Yellow brown heartwood going towards dark brown after exposure. Light and well-defined sapwood; fine texture.
  • Yellow brown to light brown wood. Not clearly demarcated sapwood, medium texture. Light peppery odeur. Also called Tola.
  • The wood is naturally very light yellow to white or grey. Sapwood and heartwood of the same colour. Also called Obeche, Samba or Wawa
  • Dark red to purple brown wood. Intermediary zone between the sapwood and perfect wood (duramen). White deposits in the pores.
  • There are two sub-species: The brown Beli (alternating different shades of brown), and the red Beli (uniform coppery red colour)
  • The wood is perfect golden yellow or yellow orange slightly mottled. Stable wood colour when used for interior applications. Well demarcated sapwood, medium texture. Also called Badi.
  • The wood is uniformly pinkish brown. The fibre is usually quite curly, producing a nice mottled aspect. It can be quite oily due to resin exudation.
  • Light brown wood going towards dark brown on exposure, with a particular odour when green.
  • This wood is yellowish or grey brown and has black depots in its pores. Also called Bibolo.
  • After sawing, the wood is first light brown and then darkens. The general aspect is rather uniform with quite coarse texture.
  • Cream white to light yellow brown wood with white veins. Large silver grain. Oily to the touch. Unpleasant odour when green.
  • The wood is rather uniformly straw yellow with slight interlocked grain Also called Limba.
  • Perfect wood (Duramen) with a brow yellow to dark reddish brown colour, with golden glints. Slightly interlocked grain.
  • The wood is yellowish brown with some darker parts. The wood strongly darkens over time, giving it a rich bronze shade. Medium texture, occurrence of marked interlocked grain.
  • The wood is red brown with purplish shades and darkens when exposed to light. The texture is coarse with slight interlocked grain. The aspect resembles Sapele.
  • Pinkish red brown wood, which darkens rapidly. Straight grain as a rule and fine texture.
  • Lemon yellow to yellowish brown wood with clearly demarcated sapwood, fine texture and slightly interlocked grain.
  • Red brown wood with dark brown veins. Well demarcated sapwood and fine texture. Slightly interlocked grain.
  • Perfect wood of yellowish orange-brown colour with veins in darker shades. Occasionally oily surface. Curly grain may occur.
  • Yellowish brown to red brown wood which darkens when exposed to light.
  • Natural colour: light salmon to dark pink, darkening when exposed to light. Fine to medium texture. Slightly interlocked to interlocked grain. Fine silver grain.
  • Yellow brown to greyish green colour. Not clearly demarcated sapwood, fine texture.
  • The wood has bright red colour, which rapidly turns purplish brown when exposed to light. Slightly interlocked grain. Fine texture.
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