Malawian Cedar (Widdringtonia whytei)

 
 
 
 

Family - Cupressaceae

Distribution - Malawi on Mount Mulanje

Other Names: Mkungusa, Mlanje Cedar, Mlanje Cypress

Characteristics: The sapwood is narrow and is paler than the heartwood which is a clear pink-brown with darker fine, narrow, curly bands. It has a straight grain with a fine even texture. The timber weighs about 480kg/m3 when dry. The timber is fragrant and is resistant to borer, termite and fungal attack.

Working Qualities: Easy to work. Saws cleanly and evenly due to oil content, holds nails well.

Uses: Furniture, kists, linen cupboards, wardrobes.

 
 
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