Other Names: Sandalo africano, zunvorre, tomboti.
Distribution: Mozambique and throughout the forest of eastern Africa.
The Tree: The logs secured from this species are from 8-10 ft (2.4-3.05m) averaging 1 ft (30cm) in diameter.
The Timber: The heartwood is dark brown with darker longitudinal streaks that create beautiful markings. Figure mottled and banded, sometimes with visible growth increments. It is a hard wood, averaging 65 lb/ft3 (1,041 kg/m3). Lustrous and with a powerful, persistent, and pleasant scent sweeter than that of sandalwood. This pleasant odor will last a long time after the wood is cut. A piece of furniture made of it can scent a large room for a long time.
Seasoning: Dries very slowly without distortion.
Durability: The wood is very durable; resistant to insects and fungal attack. Heartwood resistant to impregnation.
Workability: The wood is easy to saw when dried. Planes well by only in the growth increments direction. Cannot be nailed or screwed without pre boring. Turns easily. Its oily surface make sanding difficult. Glues slowly. Takes a high polish and varnish.
Uses: Used mostly for carving, luxury furniture, turnery and curios. Because of its limited quantities, and the defectiveness of the tree, it is a rare wood and therefore sought for small fancy articles and high grade furniture.