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Cut piece of canarium


Timber from any of the oily, tropical trees of the family Canarium, such as the Canarium schweinfurthii tree, native to Nigeria and Ghana. Canarium wood is a light pinkish brown in color. It is often stained as a mahogany substitute for use in flooring, furniture and cabinetry. Canarium wood has a tendency to warp and is prone to insect attack. Some canarium trees exude a resin, called elemi, which is used in varnishes and inks.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Canarium schweinfurthii; aïélé (Fr.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Density = 33 ppcf

Resources and Citations

  • F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998