wood species

Framire

Origin: from Italyn warehouses.

Latin name.
Terminalia ivorensis
A Chev.

Natural vegetation area.
Humid forests and savannahs of the tropical area from Guinea to Cameroon.

TRUNK CHARACTERISTICS.
The tree is very big, with height up to 40-45 m: the trunk features deep grooves at the base, above which the diameter can reach 1.50 m, then continuing upwards with a straight and regular growth habit. Frequent and considerable internal stresses.

WOOD APPEARANCE AND CHARACTERISTICS.
The general straw yellow or darkish colour is slightly darker or greenish in the heart: after some hours from cutting, the colour sometimes takes some rosy shades, with the presence of a dark grain, especially in the wood coming from the western part of the vegetation area.

Specific weight.
In the fresh condition 800 kg/m³ on average; after normal seasoning 500 kg/m³.

Histological structure.
Texture from medium to coarse; grain often irregular.

Shrinkage.
Moderate.

Mechanical characteristics.
Axial compression strength 45N/mm² on average; bending strength 92 N/mm²; medium hardness. The impact behaviour is from low to medium.

Modulus of elasticity.
9.700 N/mm²

Most frequent structural defects and alteration.
Brittle heart resulting from the strong internal stresses; attacks by Termites and Lyctus beetles as well as fungal attacks in the tree still alive. The natural wood acidity causes some stains where it comes into contact with metals.

Durability.
Poor for the sapwood; fair for the heartwood.

 

Texts taken from: “Manuale tecnico del legno”, FNALA CNA LEGNO LEGNO, by Prof. Ing. Guglielmo Giordano.

 

Species available for the following products:

planks