White Limba

White Limba (Terminalia superba)


Common Names: Limba, White Limba, Korina, Afara


Distribution: Western Tropical Africa


Color/Appearance: Plain unfigured wood. Sapwood is a pale greyish to yellowish brown, not clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Color tends to darken with age.


Janka Hardness: 670 lbf


Density: 2.9 lb./b.f.


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 4.3%

Tangential (width): 6.3%,

Volumetric (total): 10.8%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.5


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Limba has been reported to cause skin irritation and respiratory irritation, as well hives, asthma-like symptoms, and bleeding of the nose and gums. Splinters also tend to become infected and take longer than usual to heal.


Sustainability: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, furniture, musical instruments (electric guitar bodies), and turned objects.


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