BIBOLO – DIBETOU
Lovoa trichilioides – Harms
BIBOLO – DIBETOU
|BOTANICAL NAMES||Lovoa trichilioides – Harms.|
|ORIGINS FAMILY||It belongs to the family of Meliaceae.|
|GROWTH AREA||This tree grows in evergreen wet forests and it is widespread throughout West Africa.
It grows scattered from Sierra Leone to Cameroun.
|SPECIFIC WEIGHT||Green 650 kg/m³ – Dried 450 kg/m³ at 12% C.U.|
|TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES||Sapwood and heartwood are not well distinguished.
The first is brownish white while the heartwood has different nuances that change from grey – brownish pink – walnut.
It is a decorative wood thanks to the good effect produced by its black streaks.
It is easily workable and very steady.
When seasoned it becomes hard and heavy.
Due to the discordant twisting it has light and dark stripes.
For the similarity with the walnut it is also called “African walnut”, but actually it has no affinity with the real nut.
The Bibolo-Dibetou is impact resistant and moderately resistant to traction, pressure and atmospheric agents.
|DRYING METHOD||It can easily be dried without problems.|
|MAIN USES AND WORKING||Wood works well and easily.
Being similar to walnut, it is used as a substitute for multiple uses, although there is no affinity between the two woods.
The Bibolo-Dibetou thanks to its excellent qualities, is used as peeling wood as well as profiles and frames, furniture in general and inlaid objects.
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