Scientific name: Lovoa trichiiloides Harms

Geographic origin: Africa.


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

Capacity of being impregnated

  • Sapwood: medium capacity of being impregnated.
  • Heartwood: nearly no capable of being impregnated.


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

Physical properties

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


Mechanical properties

  • Resistance to static flexion 900 kg/cm2.
  • Elasticity module 87,000 kg/cm2.
  • Resistance to compression 470 kg/cm2.
  • 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.