Black Limba

Black Limba (Terminalia superba)

 

Common Names: Limba, Black Limba, Korina, Afara

 

Distribution: Western Tropical Africa

 

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a light yellowish to golden brown, sometimes with grey to nearly black streaks and veins.

 

Janka Hardness: 670 lbf

 

Density: 2.9 lb./b.f.

 

Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Limba has been reported to cause skin and respiratory irritation, as well hives, asthma-like symptoms and bleeding of the nose and gums. Splinters also tend to become infected and take longer than usual to heal.

 

Sustainability: CITES: no, IUCN: no

 

Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, furniture, musical instruments (electric guitar bodies), and turned objects.

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