Black Limba

Formal Name: Terminalia superba

Color: Heartwood is a light yellowish to golden brown, sometimes with grey to nearly black streaks and veins. Wood with this darker figuring is referred to as Black Limba, while plain unfigured wood is called White Limba. Sapwood is a pale greyish to yellowish brown, not clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Color tends to darken with age.

Shade: dark

Workability: Easy to work with both hand and machine tools. Contains a small amount of silica, but blunting effect on cutters is usually small. Glues and finishes well.

Physical Properties: Not a dense wood, low crushing strength. Not used where strength is required, prone to brittleheart. Poor steam bending properties. Excellent turning and machining capabilities.

Interior/Exterior: interior only