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.