English name: Azobe
Latin name: Lophira alata
Other name(s): Ekki, Bongossi
Features: Heartwood is a dark reddish or violet brown. Pores contain light-colored mineral deposits which form small but conspicuous streaks throughout the wood. Sapwood is a pale pinkish white, with a gradual transition zone between the heartwood and sapwood.
Trees and distribution: Large trees, up to 30-46m, more than 1.5m in diameter, distributed in West Africa.
Material: Grain is interlocked, with a coarse texture and low natural luster. Rated as very durable, with good resistance to insect attacks. Good weathering characteristics. No characteristic odor.
Applications: Bridges, boatbuilding, marine applications, decking, and flooring.