A cream-color wood obtained from evergreen Altsonia trees such as Alstonia congensis. Alstonia trees are native to western Africa, southeast Asia, central America, Polynesia, and Australia. The lightweight wood has a straight grain and fine texture that polishes to a medium luster. Alstonia is primarily used locally for veneers, moldings, and decorative boxes.
Synonyms and Related Terms
emien; stool wood; pattern wood; Indian devil tree; pala tree; batangforo (Senegal); kaiwi (Sierra Leone); sindru (Gold Coast); ahun, uhu, uguwa, ebwu, ebo (Nigeria); bokuk, ekouk, kuge, kokomat, (Cameroons); tsonguti, otondo (Belgian Congo); mujwa (Uganda); songati (Port.)
Physical and Chemical Properties
- Some trees grow to 60 m.
- Leaves=leathery, long with pinnate veins.
- Specific gravity = 0.31 - 0.48 (air dry)
- Density = 25-30 ppcf
Resources and Citations
- F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
- Kribs, Commercial Foreign woods on the American market
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alstonia (Accessed Mar. 15, 2006)