Scientific name: Lovoa trichiiloides Harms

Other names: English: Embero; Nvero; Dibetou, African Walnut, Congowood, or Tigerwood

Geographic origin: Africa.


&;8226; Sapwood: light yellowish grey.
&;8226; Heartwood: greyish brown to grey.
&;8226; Fiber: straight, with strong tendence to be intertwined.
&;8226; Grain: thin to medium size.



&;8226; Interior furniture and cabinet work. Turned funiture.
&;8226; Interior carpentry, doors, paneling, molding, baseboad, friezes, parquet flooring.
&;8226; Decorative panels.

Capacity of being impregnated

&;8226; Sapwood: medium capacity of being impregnated.
&;8226; Heartwood: nearly no capable of being impregnated.


&;8226; Sawing process: no difficulties, except irritation due to irritating dust.
&;8226; Drying process: speed can vary from medium to high speed. Little risk of deformation and crack formation.
&;8226; Planing process: no difficulties except  the risk of repelling produced by pieces of intertwined fibers and the previously mentioned of irritating dust.
&;8226; Gluing process: Risk of staining due to the use of alkaline glues.
&;8226; Nailing and screwing process: risk of crack formation. Pre-drilling is recommended.
&;8226; Finish: no difficulties.

Physical properties

&;8226; Apparent density at 12% humidity 540 kg/m3 semi-light wood.
&;8226; Dimensional stability
- Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.4% stable wood.
- Relation between contractions 1.61 no tendency to deformity.
&;8226; Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 2.7 semi-softwood.

Mechanical properties

&;8226; Resistance to static flexion 900 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Elasticity module 87,000 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Resistance to compression 470 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Resistance to parallel traction 850 kg/cm2.


It has strong streaks of dark colour and even a ''fat streak'' that has a thin black line.