Hallea ciliate, Mitragyna ciliata
Known also as bahia (Ivory Coast), subaha (Ghana), mboi (Sierra Leone), elolom (Cameroon) and elolom nzam (Gabon). Related species from Uganda are sold as nzingu.
Where it grows
Abura grows in the coastal forests of West Africa from Sierra Leone and Liberia to Cameroon and Gabon.
|Sapwood||not clearly defined from the heartwood|
|Heartwood||pink beige to pinkish brown, darkening on exposure|
|Grain||straight or slightly interlocked|
|Height||100 ft with diameter of about 3'-5'|
|Green weight kg/m³||900-950|
|Specific gravity at 12 % M.C. (kg/m³)||565 medium|
|Volumetric swelling for 1% M.C. variation V%||0,42 medium|
|Crushing strength (N/mm²) C12||45|
|Static bending strength (N/mm²) F12||100|
|Modulus of Elasticity (N/mm²) E12||7700|
Interior joinery, moulding, furniture components, house framing, plywood and carving.
Medium crushing strength, perishable durability and moderately resistant to preservative treatment. Abura is one of the best West African timbers for mouldings.