Common Name(s): Abura, bahia
Distribution: West and Central Africa
Tree Size: 100-115 ft (30-35 m) tall,
3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 35 lbs/ft3 (560 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .45, .56
Janka Hardness: 820 lbf (3,670 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 11,760 lbf/in2 (81.1 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 1,386,000 lbf/in2 (9.56 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 6,220 lbf/in2 (42.9 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 4.3%, Tangential: 9.2%,
Volumetric: 13.3%, T/R Ratio: 2.1
Color/Appearance: Has a uniform yellow to pinkish-brown color, with sapwood indistinct from heartwood.
Grain/Texture: 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.
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 (both Mitragyna ledermannii and M. stipulosa) 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 commercial 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 (in 2007), but have since been returned to Mitragyna (see 2014 article).
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