Family - Leguminosae
Distribution - Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania
Other Names: Afzelia, Aiyo, Aligna, Apa, Azza, Beyo, Bilinga, Chamfuti, Chanfuta, Chanfuti, Chemnen, Doussie, East African afzelia, Hlafuta, Isbin, Kipapa, Lucky bean, Mahogany bean, Mapoortza, Mbambakofi, Mbarakun, Mbarikwa, Mbembakofe, Mbembakofi, Mfunguji, Mkehli, Mkola, Mkongo, Mkora, Mungongona, Mungoriondo, Mungwingwi, Mupapa, Musacassa, Mussalossa, Mwamba, N'shene, Ompow, Onvru, Oshoshi, Peulmahonia, Pod mahogany, Red-arilled afzelia, Rhodesian mahogany, Shenhe
Characteristics: The Timber has a medium to coarse grain. The Sapwood is white-yellow and the heartwood is Reddish-brown in colour. The timber weighs about 800 kg/m3 when dry.
Working Qualifies: Easy to work. Takes nails' and screws well, but might need to be predrilled. Glues very well.
Uses: Boat building, construction, Cabinetmaking, Furniture, Veneer, Flooring, Joinery, Kitchen cabinets, Musical Instruments, PlyWood, Turnery.