Entandrophragma cylindricum sprague
Known also as aboudikro (Ivory Coast), penkwa (Ghana), Assie – Sapelli(Cameroon), undianuno (Angola, Congo) and sapelli-mahagoni(Germany).
Where it grows
Sapele grows widely in the tropical rain forests of West, Central and East Africa, from the Ivory Coast through Ghana and Nigeria to Cameroon, and eastwards to Uganda, Zaire and Tanzania.
|Sapwood||pinkish grey to whitish|
|Heartwood||red brown to purplish brown|
150-200 ft with diameter of about 3'
|Green weight kg/m³||850-950|
|Specific gravity at 12 % M.C. (kg/m³)||680 medium|
|Volumetric swelling for 1% M.C. variation V%||0,47 medium|
|Crushing strength (N/mm²) C12||62|
|Static bending strength (N/mm²) F12||142|
|Modulus of Elasticity (N/mm²) E12||11200|
Interior and exterior joinery, interior fittings and panelling, sliced veneers for cabinets, flooring, plywood, furniture and boat construction.
High crushing strength, moderate durability and resistant to preservative treatment.