Scientific name: Lovoa trichiiloides Harms

Geographic origin: Africa.


• Sap: Between whitish and yellowish
• Heartwood: Pink salmon sometimes with veins of a greenish brown
• Fiber: Usually straight sometimes with counter thread
• Grain: Coarse



• Interior woodwork
• Exterior carpentry (in a temperate zone and with a previous treatment)
• Furniture and seating
• Industrial floorings and wagon boxes
• Decor

Capacity of being impregnated

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


• Sawing: No problems, except possible dust irritation
• Drying: Medium to fast speed. Small risks of deformation and damage
• Brushing: No problems except the rebound that produces the pieces with the interlaced fiber and the indicated with the powder
• Gluing: Satisfactory, especially with vinyl glues
• Nailing and screwing: No difficulty
• Finishing: No difficulties

Physical properties

• Apparent density at 12% humidity 570 to 690 kg / m3 semi-light wood
• Dimensional stability
- Coefficient of volumetric shrinkage 0.55% stable wood
- Relationship between contractions 1.61 without tendency to deform
• Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 2,2 softwood

Mechanical properties

• Resistance to static flexion 1035 kg / cm2
• Modulus of elasticity 118000 kg / cm2
• Compressive strength 551 kg / cm2