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The wood from a large tree, Piptadeniastrum africanum, native to the west coast of Africa. This yellowish brown wood is sometimes used as a substitute for Demerara greenheart in ships but it is not as resistant to marine borers or fungi.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Piptadeniastrum africanum (African greenheart);dabéma (Fr.); singa-singa (Port.)

Hazards and Safety

Dust inhalation may cause nose, throat and eye irritation.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979

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