Tiama (Entandrophragma angolenses)
Family - Meliaceae
Distribution - Ivory Coast, Angola and Uganda
Other Names: Entandrophragma rederi / septentrionale, Abenbegne, Abeubegne, Acajou tiama, Acuminata, Akuk, Baeko, Baka-biraingui, Bodongo, Brown mahogany, Budongo mahogany, Digbo, Dongomanguila, Dubo, Dukuma, Edinam, Egin-igedu, Entandrophragma mahogany, Esaka, Eyin igedu, Gedu lohor, Gedu noha, Gedu nohor, Ijebu, Ipaki, Jebu mahogany, Kahiguigo, Kalungi, Keguigo, Kikura, Kiluka, Krobra, Lifaki, Livuite, Lokobo, Lukru, Mukusu, Muyovu, Njilei, Ounabo, Penkwa, Timbi, Tshimaie tsitoke, Tshimaye blanc, Vovo, Zize-plehi, Zizia
Characteristics: The heartwood is a uniform reddish brown and the sapwood is pinkish grey and can be up to 100mm wide. The grain is interlocked and has a medium texture. The surface is lustrous more so than Sapele Mahogany weighing about 500 Kg / M3 when dried.
Working qualities: Works, fairly easily, it glues, nails and screws well. It takes a good polish.
Uses: Furniture, joinery, interior decorations and turnery.