Other Common Names:
Congowood, Mozambique ebony, mpingo
Mature Tree Height, Diameter:
15-25 ft, rarely over 1 ft.
Weight @ 12% M/C:
Difficult to plane and machine with tools. Excellent for turnery. Usually machined with metal-working equipment.
Sudan to Mozambique, Angola, and Nigeria to Senegal
Heartwood dark purplish brown with black streaking. Texture is fine and even. The grain is straight and wood is slightly oily.
Primarily used for woodwind instruments, guitars, turnery work, knife handles, walking sticks, carvings, and more.
"A Guide to Useful Woods of the World, Second Edition", Forest Products Society, 2001, pg. 211