Common Name(s): Anigre, Anegre, Aniegre, Aningeria, (and variant spellings)
Scientific Name: Pouteria spp. (syn. Aningeria spp.)
Distribution: Africa (most common in tropical areas of east Africa)
Tree Size: 100-180 ft (30-55 m) tall, 3-4 ft (1.0-1.2 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 34 lbs/ft3 (550 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .44, .55
Janka Hardness: 990 lbf (4,380 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 12,040 lbf/in2 (83.0 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 1,588,000 lbf/in2 (10.95 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 6,920 lbf/in2 (47.7 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 3.8%, Tangential: 7.0%, Volumetric: 11.8%, T/R Ratio: 1.8
Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a light yellowish-brown, sometimes with a pinkish hue. Color tends to darken to a more golden brown with age. Pale sapwood is not well defined. Figured grain is occasionally present, such as curly or mottled grain.
Grain/Texture: Grain is straight to interlocked, with a medium uniform texture and a good natural luster.
Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; radial multiples of 2-4; medium pores in short radial rows, few; tyloses occasionally present; parenchyma reticulate; narrow rays, spacing normal to fairly close.
Rot Resistance: Rated as non-durable to perishable. Not resistant to insect attack. Sapwood susceptible to blue fungal staining during initial drying.
Workability: Overall working characteristics are fair, though depending on the species used, Anigre may have silica present and therefore have a blunting effect on tools.
Odor: Anigre is reported to have a faint odor similar to cedar.
Pricing/Availability: Anigre is frequently sliced and sold as veneer, though solid boards are sometimes seen as well. Should be moderately priced for an imported hardwood.
Sustainability: Anigre is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but some species are reported by the IUCN as being conservation dependent. Cessation of any current conservation programs would likely result in a vulnerable or endangered Red List status.
Common Uses: Veneer, plywood and interior furniture; in board form it’s used for boatbuilding, general carpentry, and other light construction uses.
Comments: Formerly classified in the genus Aningeria, (in accordance with its namesake), Anigre is currently placed in the Pouteria genus, sometimes described as a “wastebasket taxon” where out-of-place genera are placed.