Mansonia (Mansonia altissima)


Common Name: Mansonia


Distribution: Western Tropical Africa


Color/Appearance: Heartwood tends to be a yellowish or grayish brown, with overall mostly bland figuring. Color tends to lighten and fade with exposure to light. Sapwood is yellow to nearly white, about 1 to 2 inches wide, and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.


Janka Hardness: 1,290 lbf


Density: 3.41 lb./b.f.


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 4.6%

Tangential (width): 7.7%,

Volumetric (total): 11.9%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.7


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Mansonia is on the short list as one of the worst wood species in terms of toxicity and commonness of allergic reactions. Mansonia has been reported as a sensitizer, and though the most usual reactions simply include eye and skin irritation, the wood dust can also produce a wide range of other effects, including nausea, giddiness, sneezing, headaches, nosebleeds, infected splinters and asthma-like symptoms. Additionally, both the bark and heartwood have been found to contain cardiac poisons, which can cause heart disorders.


Sustainability: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Veneer, cabinetry, furniture, boatbuilding and turned objects.


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