Normally, for Limba there’s little difference in colour between the heartwood and the sapwood. The trunks can display a more or less fancifully formed dark heart, but this is an undesirable form of discolouration and no real heart formation. Limba can vary in colour from light yellow or yellow-grey to dark brown and sometimes has a greenish tint.
Properties of this timber species
- Botanical name: Terminalia superba
- ATIBT name: Limba
- Other names: Fraké
- Limba is used for furniture, indoor panelling and interior doors in the form of veneered backing material
- In its solid form, it is used for frames, castings for iron foundries, banisters and such like
- Dark-coloured Limba can provide an attractive veneer, which is sold under the misnomer of Noyer de Mayombe
- Resistance to fungi: class 4 (poorly durable)
- Resistance to insects: Termites class G (sapwood susceptible to damage), Lyctus (wood-boring beetle) class G.
- (450)-550-560-600-(650) kg/m3 at 12% moisture content
- Fresh 700-825 kg/m3
- Prolonged inhalation of sawdust can cause allergies in the respiratory system.
Good ventilation is recommended.