Piptadenia africana = Piptadeniastrum africanum
Known also as dabema (Ivory Coast) mbele, guli (Sierra Leone), agboin, ekhimi (Nigeria), atui (Cameroon), toum (Gabon), tom (Equat. Guinea), n’singa(Congo, Angola) and mpewere (Uganda).
Where it grows
Dahoma grows widely in West, Central and parts of East Africa.
|Sapwood||Clearly demarcated, light color|
|Heartwood||light brown to yellow-brown|
|Height||120 ft with diameter of about 3'-4'|
|Green weight kg/m³||900-1100|
|Specific gravity at 12 % M.C. (kg/m³)||690 medium|
|Volumetric swelling for 1% M.C. variation V%||0,54 medium|
|Crushing strength (N/mm²) C12||57|
|Static bending strength (N/mm²) F12||137|
|Modulus of Elasticity (N/mm²) E12||12300|
Fairly heavy constructional work as alternative to structural grades of oak, house framing, flooring, marine work, mining timbers and sleepers.
Medium or high strength, moderate or high durability and resistant to preservative treatment. Tough timber mostly for exterior use.