Other Common Names
Korina, Afara, Ofram, Akom, Frake.
Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zaire
Reaches a height of 150 ft; boles straight and clear to 90 ft; trunk diameters 4 to 8 ft above buttresses. Brittle heart present in some logs.
Heartwood yellow brown, sometimes with nearly black markings producing an attractive figure; sapwood not distinct from heartwood.
Texture moderately coarse; grain straight to irregular or interlocked; slightly lustrous; mild odor. Dark colored figured wood is marketed separately as Black Limba.
It is relatively easy to work with but splits easily when nailed or screwed and should be pre-bored. It stains, polishes and glues well and makes a nice veneer.
It is used for cabinetry, furniture, plywood, moldings, paneling.
Limba veneer and lumber are plentiful and are readily available at a moderate price.