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Normally, for Limba there’s little difference in colour between the heartwood and the sapwood. The trunks can display a more or less fancifully formed dark heart, but this is an undesirable form of discolouration and no real heart formation. Limba can vary in colour from light yellow or yellow-grey to dark brown and sometimes has a greenish tint.

Properties of this timber species


  • Botanical name: Terminalia superba
  • ATIBT name: Limba
  • Other names: Fraké


  • Limba is used for furniture, indoor panelling and interior doors in the form of veneered backing material
  • In its solid form, it is used for frames, castings for iron foundries, banisters and such like
  • Dark-coloured Limba can provide an attractive veneer, which is sold under the misnomer of Noyer de Mayombe


  • Resistance to fungi: class 4 (poorly durable)
  • Resistance to insects: Termites class G (sapwood susceptible to damage), Lyctus (wood-boring beetle) class G.


  • (450)-550-560-600-(650) kg/m3 at 12% moisture content
  • Fresh 700-825 kg/m3

 Additional information

  • Prolonged inhalation of sawdust can cause allergies in the respiratory system.

        Good ventilation is recommended.

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

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