Scientific name: Mansonia altísima A. Chev.

Geographic origin: West Africa


  • Sapwood: Pink white.
  • Heartwood: reddish brown to greyish brown.
  • Fiber: Straight.
  • Grain: Thin to medium size

Capacity of being impregnated

  • Capable of being impregnated


  • Sawing process: No difficulties
  • Drying process: Medium speed. High risk of deformation and crack formation
  • Planing process: No difficulties excepting risk of repelling on pieces of intertwined fibers
  • Gluing process: No difficulties
  • Nailing and screwing process: No difficulties
  • Finish: No difficulties

Physical properties

  • Apparent density at 12% humidity 640 kg/m3 semi-light wood to heavy wood
  • Dimensional stability
  • - Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.52 % nervous to very nervous wood
  • - Relation between contractions 1.65% tendency to deformity
  • Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon)
  • 2.3 Semi-softwood

Mechanical properties

  • Resistance to static flexion 1,350 kg/cm2 &;8226; Elasticity module 117,000 kg/cm2
  • Resistance to compression 590 kg/cm2
  • Resistance to parallel traction 1,150 kg/cm2


  • Also called BETÉ.
  • It presents important differences in color depending on the origin, purple to light brown.