Trade name: Zebrano
Country of origin: West Africa
Occurrence: Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, tropical lower rainforests.
Uses: Veneer wood, as peeling wood for face veneer, finishing wood for furniture, luxury interiors, especially today as dashboard lining for the automotive industry.
Character: The heartwood is light gray to yellow, with sharply defined dark streaks. Fairly fungus, insect and weather resistant, especially termite resistant. Although a very decorative wood, Zebrano is extremely dependent on fashion trends. The so-called “barbed wire”, jagged formations of the black stripes, has a disadvantageous effect. It affects the regular appearance of the veneers.
Special features: Unlike its aesthetic appearance, untreated zebrawood has a very unpleasant inherent odor, reminiscent of butyric acid. However, this is eliminated by applying varnish. Exclusive furniture and instrument makers take advantage of this.