Common Name(s): Ebiara, Berlinia, Poculi, Red Zebrawood

Scientific Name: Berlinia spp. (B. auriculata, B. bracteosa, B. confusa, and B. grandiflora)

Distribution: West Africa

Tree Size: 100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 45 lbs/ft3 (725 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .58, .72

Janka Hardness: 1,280 lbf (5,690 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 15,890 lbf/in2 (109.6 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 1,616,000 lbf/in2 (11.14 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 8,040 lbf/in2 (55.4 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 4.7%, Tangential: 8.7%, Volumetric: 13.2%, T/R Ratio: 1.9

Color/Appearance: Heartwood color ranges from golden yellow brown to a deeper reddish brown, frequently with darker black streaks and stripes. Paler sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.

Grain/Texture: Grain tends to be interlocked, though it can be straight. With a fairly coarse texture and good natural luster.

Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; solitary and radial multiples; large to very large pores in no specific arrangement, very few; yellowish deposits occasionally present; parenchyma vasicentric, lozenge, winged, and marginal; narrow rays, spacing fairly close.

Rot Resistance: Varies with species, but is generally rated as moderately durable; good insect resistance, though sapwood is vulnerable to ambrosia and powder post beetles.

Workability: Generally easy to work with hand or machine tools, though planing or surfacing interlocked grain may result in tearout, particularly on quartersawn surfaces. Glues, turns, and finishes well.

Odor: No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity: Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Ebiara. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

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