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African Rosewood (Guibourtia coleosperma)

 
Family – Leguminosae
 
Distribution – Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Namibia, Zambia,& Zimbabwe.
 
Other Names: Bastermopane, False mopane, Machibi, Mchibi, Mehibi, Mtjibi, Muchiva, Mucibe, Mushibi, Musibi, Mussibi, Mussive, Muxibe, Muzaule, Muzauli, Muzauri, Muzzibi, Rhodesian copalwood, Umtshibi.
 
Characteristics: The sapwood is narrow and white in colour, the heartwood is a rich pink – red, turning red – brown with age, streaked with mauve to purplish markings. It weighs on average 800 Kg / m3 when dry.
 
Working Qualities: Works well and takes a good polish.
 

Uses: Flooring, furniture, veneer, cabinet-making, Joinery and turnery.