Scientific name: Scientific name: Millettia laurentii De Wild.; M. stuhlmannii Taub.

Other names: English: Wengue

Geographic origin: Africa


&;8226; Sapwood: yellowish white.
&;8226; Heartwood: Dark grey to chocolate grey.
&;8226; Fiber: Straight.
&;8226; Grain: medium size to rough



&;8226; Interior furniture and cabinet work and exterior.
&;8226; Turned and bent furniture.
&;8226; Interior carpentry, doors, stairs, paneling, molding, baseboad, friezes, parquet flooring.
&;8226; Exterior carpentry, doors and windows.
&;8226; Decorative panels

Capacity of being impregnated

&;8226; Sapwood: Medium capacity of being impregnated
&;8226; Heartwood: No capable of being impregnated


&;8226; Sawing process: ordinary difficulties arise from hardness and abrasability
&;8226; Drying process: Slow. Low risk of deformation and high risk of crack formation.
&;8226; Planing process: Difficulties arise from hardness, abrasability.
&;8226; Gluing process: Tannins hamper proper adherence.
&;8226; Nailing and screwing process: pre-drilling is recommended due to hardness.
&;8226; Finish: No particular difficulties arise.

Physical properties

&;8226; Apparent density at 12% humidity
0.85 kg/m3 very heavy wood
• Density 450kg/m3
&;8226; Dimensional stability
&;8226; Volumetric contraction coefficient
0.54 % very nervous wood
&;8226; Relation between contractions
1.6% no tendency to deformity
&;8226; Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon)
8.1 very hard wood


Mechanical properties

Resistance to static flexion 1,800 kg/cm3
Elasticity module 180,000 kg/cm3
Resistance to compression 800 kg/cm3