Moabi (Baillonella toxisperma)


Common names: Moabi, African Pearwood


Distribution : Equatorial Africa


Color/appearance : Heartwood is a rather uniform pinkish brown, sometimes darker reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Sapwood is grayish brown. Figured grain patterns are also seen, such as pommele, quilted, mottled, and beeswing.


Janka hardness: 1790 lbf


Density: 4.5 lbf


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 6.2%

Tangential (width): 8.0%,

Volumetric (total): 14.0%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.3


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Moabi has been reported to cause eye and nose irritation.


Sustainability: CITES: No, IUCN: Yes


Common Uses: Veneer, turned objects, fine furniture, cabinetry, and small specialty items


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