Trade names: Limba, Afara, Egoin, Frake, Ofram
Range: Limba is found in the West African rain forests on the Guinea coast. The tree is distributed most frequently in the Congo.
Uses: Limba is a favourite wood for the production of plywood, sliced and peeled veneer. Also used in furniture production. The wood is – unlike most tropical woods – relatively soft. It can be machined with little force. Smooth, matte silk-glossy surfaces can be created by processing. However, hardness and strength can vary greatly, depending on the origin of the wood.
Character: The color varies greatly by region. The sapwood is not clearly separated from the heartwood. Limba from the Congo has the desired light yellow color. Whereas the wood from the Ivory Coast can be brown to black in color. Limba is the dominating species of wood in the southern part of the Congo and is exported from there in significant quantities.
Particularities: Every piece of this veneer is unique and different, because the wood has a very wide color spectrum. The wood can be divided into bright and dark. The bright Limba has a straw color, while the dark wood is clearly gray to black striped. Depending on the area of origin it resembles the wood of oak or walnut trees.