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Dabéma’s yellow-brown to golden brown heartwood is markedly different from the grey-white 30-50 mm thick sapwood. Freshly cut Dabéma has an unpleasant ammonia smell, sometimes even described as rotten fish, which diminishes during drying and which later disappears. The crossgrain causes wide streaking on the radial surface.

Properties of this timber species


  • Botanical name: Piptadeniastrum africanum
  • ATIBT name: Dabéma
  • Other names: Dahoma


  • Coachbuilding and used in building construction as a replacement for oak
  • After careful drying, it can also be used for quarter cut floors


  • Resistance to fungi: class 2-3 (durable – moderately durable)
  • Resistance to insects: Termites class D (sapwood and heartwood very durable), Anobium (woodworm) class D, Hylotrupes (old-house borer) class D


  • (620)-690-(800) kg/m3 at 12% moisture content
  • Fresh 900-1000 kg/m3

source: Houtvademecum © 2010 Centrum Hout Almere, 10e herziene druk

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