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Below is a list of tree species in the Liberian rain forest ( click image for more details on a specific wood )

		  <ul>
		  <li><b>SCIENTIFIC NAME</b> - Terminalia superba </li>
		  <li><b>FAMILY</b> - Combretaceae</li>
		  <li><b>TRADE NAME</b> - Ofram (Ghana), Fraké (Ivory Coast), Afara (Nigeria), Akom (Cameroon), Limba (Zaire, Angola). 'Korina' a trade name in the U.S.A.</li>
		  <li><b>DISTRIBUTION</b> - Widely distributed from Sierra Leone to Angola and Zaire; occurs in rain and savanna forests.</li>
		  <li><b>WOOD</b> - The Heartwood is yellow-brown, sometimes with nearly black markings producing an attractive figure; sapwood not distinct from heartwood. Texture moderately coarse; grain straight to irregular or interlocked; slightly lustrous; mild odor</li>
		  <li><b>WEIGHT</b> - Light, with air-dry density of 544 kg/m3 </li>
		  <li><b>DURABILITY</b> - The Heartwood is nondurable, not resistant to termites, liable to severe ambrosia beetle and powder post beetle attack</li>
		  <li><b>STRENGTH</b> - Medium</li>
		  <li><b>SHRINKAGE</b> - Comparatively Large </li>
		  <li><b>FOREST AVAILABILITY</b> - The tree can found in all forest parts of the country but preferably frequent in moist sites. </li>
		  <li><b>WORKING PROPERTY</b> - Saws easily, works well with hand and machine tools, good veneering properties, good gluing and nailing characteristics, takes a good finish</li>
		  <li><b>USES</b> - Plywood, furniture, interior joinery, sliced for decorative veneers.  </li>
		  </ul>

Terminalia superba


		  <ul>
		  <li><b>SCIENTIFIC NAME</b> - Tetraberlinia tubmaniana</li>
		  <li><b>FAMILY</b> - Leguminosae</li>
		  <li><b>TRADE NAME</b> - Sikon, Gola (Liberia)</li>
		  <li><b>DISTRIBUTION</b> - Known presently, only from Liberia</li>
		  <li><b>WOOD</b> - The heartwood is light reddish-brown and is distinct from the lighter colored sapwood; texture, moderately coarse; luster medium; grain is interlocked, showing a narrow stripe pattern on quartered surfaces.</li>
		  <li><b>WEIGHT</b> - Moderately heavy, with air-dry density of 625 kg/m3 </li>
		  <li><b>DURABILITY</b> - Moderately durable; sapwood is liable to powder-post beetle attack</li>
		  <li><b>STRENGTH</b> - Medium</li>
		  <li><b>SHRINKAGE</b> - Large </li>
		  <li><b>FOREST AVAILABILITY</b> - It grows throughout Liberia but mainly in the south and in large quantities in the region of Greenville.</li>
		  <li><b>WORKING PROPERTY</b> - Works well with hand and machine tools, some tearing of grain when planning quarter-sawn faces, excellent turnery, slices well into veneers, good gluing properties.</li>
		  <li><b>USES</b> - A general utility wood, veneer and plywood, furniture components, turnery</li>
		  </ul>

Tetraberlinia tubmaniana


		  <ul>
		  <li><b>SCIENTIFIC NAME</b> - Tieghemella heckelii</li>
		  <li><b>FAMILY</b> - Sapotaceae</li>
		  <li><b>TRADE NAME</b> - Baku (Ghana), Makoré (Ivory Coast);  Douka, Ukola (Gabon)li>
		  <li><b>DISTRIBUTION</b> - The species is found from Sierra Leone to Cameroon, Gabon, and south to Cabinda; widely distributed in the high rain forests.</li>
		  <li><b>WOOD</b> - The Heartwood is pink to pinkish or red-brown; sapwood whitish or light pink, clearly demarcated; texture fine to medium; grain generally straight; lustrous; sometimes with an attractive moiré figure </li>
		  <li><b>WEIGHT<z/b> - Moderately heavy, with air-dry density of 672 kg/m3  </li>
		  <li><b>DURABILITY</b> - The Heartwood is highly durable and resistant to termite attack; sapwood liable to powder-post beetle attack</li>
		  <li><b>STRENGTH</b> - Moderately strong</li>
		  <li><b>SHRINKAGE</b> - Large </li>
		  <li><b>FOREST AVAILABILITY</b> - The tree grows throughout the forests of Liberia but frequent in south eastern forest belt of the country.</li>
		  <li><b>WORKING PROPERTY</b> - The wood has a high silica content which causes blunting of cutting edges, particularly in dry wood; works reasonably well with hand and machine tools, good veneering properties, finishes well, good gluing properties. Fine dust may irritate nose and throat or cause dermatitis</li>
		  <li><b>USES</b> - Furniture, cabinetwork, joinery, decorative veneers, paneling, boatbuilding, flooring, turnery, marine plywood</li>
		  </ul>

Tieghemella heckelii


		  <ul>
		  <li><b>SCIENTIFIC NAME</b> - Triplochiton scleroxylon</li>
		  <li><b>FAMILY</b> - Sterculiaceae</li>
		  <li><b>TRADE NAME</b> - Bado, M’bado (CAR), Eguess (Congo), Ayous, Ayus (Equatorial Guinea), Ayous/ Obeche (Garbon, Xwetin (Benin), Arere, Obeche (Nigeria), Samba (Ivory Coast), Ayous (Cameroon), Wawa (Ghana), Abachi (Germany, Holland)</li>
		  <li><b>DISTRIBUTION</b> - Widely distributed in tropical West Africa from Guinea to Cameroon</li>
		  <li><b>WOOD</b> - Timber whitish to pale straw with no difference between heartwood and sapwood. Texture medium to coarse; grain typically interlocked; lustrous; has an unpleasant smell when green but usually does not persist after drying</li>
		  <li><b>WEIGHT</b> - Light, with air-dry density of 384 kg/m3 </li>
		  <li><b>DURABILITY</b> - Heartwood non-durable; liable to termite and other insect </li>
		  <li><b>STRENGTH</b> - Weak</li>
		  <li><b>SHRINKAGE</b> - Small </li>
		  <li><b>FOREST AVAILABILITY</b> - The tree is restricted to North-Western and South-Eastern forest zones of Liberia and can be found in good quantities.</li>
		  <li><b>WORKING PROPERTY</b> - Works very easily with hand and machine tools but sharp edges are needed for a smooth finish, veneers easily, good gluing and nailing properties</li>
		  <li><b>USES</b> - Furniture components, plywood, joinery, millwork, boxes and crates, block board, particle and fiberboard, pattern making, artificial limbs</li>
		  </ul>

Triplochiton scleroxylon


		  <ul>
		  <li><b>SCIENTIFIC NAME</b> - Turraeanthus africanus</li>
		  <li><b>FAMILY</b> - Meliaceae</li>
		  <li><b>TRADE NAME</b> - Blima-pu (Liberia), Avodire (Ivory Coast), Asama (Cameroon), Apapaya, Avodire (Ghana), Apaya (Nigeria), Lusamba, M’fube (DRC)</li>
		  <li><b>DISTRIBUTION</b> - Sierra Leone westward to the Congo region and southward to Zaire and Angola</li>
		  <li><b>WOOD</b> - The sapwood is not distinct from the heartwood. The wood is cream to pale yellow with high natural luster; it eventually darkens to a golden yellow. The grain is sometimes straight but more often wavy or irregularly interlocked </li>
		  <li><b>WEIGHT</b> - Light, with air-dry density of 545 kg/m3</li>
		  <li><b>DURABILITY</b> - Nondurable and extremely resistant to preservative treatment.</li>
		  <li><b>STRENGTH</b> - Medium</li>
		  <li><b>SHRINKAGE</b> - Comparatively Large </li>
		  <li><b>FOREST AVAILABILITY</b> - The tree is scattered throughout the high forest zones of Liberia, but most frequent in forest with sandy soils.</li>
		  <li><b>WORKING PROPERTY</b> - The wood works fairly easy with hand and machine tools and finishes well in most operations</li>
		  <li><b>USES</b> - Well-known decorative veneer, furniture, fine joinery, cabinetwork, and paneling</li>
		  </ul>

Turraeanthus africanus


		  <ul>
		  <li><b>SCIENTIFIC NAME</b> - Uapaca guineensis</li>
		  <li><b>FAMILY</b> - Euphorbiaceae</li>
		  <li><b>TRADE NAME</b> - Abo emido, Yeye (Nigeria), Rikio, Borikio, Rikio rivière (Ivory Coast, Cameroon), Sugar plum</li>
		  <li><b>DISTRIBUTION</b> - Tropical areas of West Africa, mostly in swampy regions but may also border on the savanna</li>
		  <li><b>WOOD</b> - Heartwood pale red, red-brown, or chocolate-brown; sapwood paler, usually not clearly demarcated; texture mostly medium to coarse; grain generally straight; little luster</li>
		  <li><b>WEIGHT</b> - Moderately heavy, with air-dry density of 736 kg/m3</li>
		  <li><b>DURABILITY</b> -  Highly durable, the wood is moderately stable</li>
		  <li><b>STRENGTH</b> - Moderately strong</li>
		  <li><b>SHRINKAGE</b> - Large </li>
		  <li><b>FOREST AVAILABILITY</b> - It occurs all over Liberia, mostly in older secondary forest types and in good quantities.</li>
		  <li><b>WORKING PROPERTY</b> - Saws easily and generally works well with hand and machine tools; can be glued satisfactorily and nails fairly well, but care must be taken to avoid splitting when nailing near the edges</li>
		  <li><b>USES</b> - Good fuel and charcoal wood, light construction, boatbuilding, flooring. Fruits are edible</li>
		  </ul>

Uapaca guineensis

 
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