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Azobe (Azobe) or Lofira winged is a large tree, reaching a height of 40–50 m and a diameter of up to 1.5 m, growing in West Africa from Sierra Leone to Nigeria and Cameroon. A typical tree species of forests in areas with high rainfall and waterlogged forests (wooded swamps). In various African countries, it is called differently - kaku (Ghana), azobe (Ivory Coast); bongossi (Cameroon), akoura (Gabon), eba (Nigeria), hendui (Sierra Leone). Latin name - Lophira alata Banks ex. Gaertn. The sapwood is pale pink, sharply demarcated from the heartwood in red-brown to dark brown color with a somewhat speckled pattern due to white deposits in the vessels. The fibers are usually tangled. The texture is large. The wood is hard and heavy. Dry density up to 1,120 kg/m³. Very resistant to rot and other destabilizing environmental factors. Azobe is one of the most bio-resistant, durable woods known in West Africa. Very difficult to work with hand tools, easier to machine. therefore ideal for making knife handles and hand tools.


Breed name
Botan. / Latin. title
Lophira alata Banks ex. Gaertn.
Growing region
West Africa
Its dry density
up to 1120 kg/m3
Susceptibility to dyes
The size
125х29х59 mm
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