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DESCRIPTION: Heartwood tends to be a yellowish or grayish brown, with overall mostly bland figuring. Color tends to lighten & fade with exposure to light. Sapwood is yellow to nearly white, about 1 to 2 inches wide. Grain is generally straight, though occasionally interlocked. Texture is fine to medium & uniform. Easy to work with both hand & machine tools. It glues, turns & finishes well & also has good steam bending properties. Very durable. Is on the short list as one of the worst wood species in terms of toxicity & commonness of allergic reactions. Sometimes used as an alternative for Walnut, though it is seldom seen in the United States.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: West Tropical Africa
BOTANICAL NAME: Mansonia altissima
USES: Veneer, cabinetry, furniture, boatbuilding & turned objects.
JANKA HARDNESS: 1290