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.