Color/Appearance: Has a uniform yellow to pinkish-brown color, with sapwood indistinct from heartwood.
Grain/Texture: Has a fine texture and a straight or slightly interlocked grain.
Rot Resistance: Non-durable; poor resistance to decay or insect attack. Good acid resistance.
Workability: Takes glue and finishes well. Has a slight blunting effect on cutting edges and tools due to a moderate silica content (.25%).
Odor: Has an unpleasant odor when freshly cut.
Allergies/Toxicity: Has been known to cause allergic reactions including: nausea, eye irritation, giddiness, and vomiting. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.
Pricing/Availability: Seldom available in North America. Price should be moderate when compared to other imported lumber.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is on the IUCN Red List. It is listed as vulnerable (under the Hallea genus) due to a population reduction of over 20% in the past three generations, caused by a decline in its natural range, and exploitation.
Common Uses: A general-purpose lumber used for furniture, interior millwork, plywood, and flooring.
Comments: Sometimes sold under the name Bahia, the handful of African species from the Mitragyna genus that are sold interchangeably with one another include: M. ciliata, M. ledermannii, and M. stipulosa. These species have been formerly placed in the Hallea genus (now considered a synonym), and Fleroya.
Endgrain: No data available.
Scans/Pictures: A special thanks to Steve Earis for providing the wood sample (veneer) of this wood species.