Limba wood - important African timber

Limba is planted in many West African countries as timber. What special features limba wood has, what it looks like and what it can be used for, is explained in detail in this article.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
densityabout 0.7 g / cm³
Compressive strengthabout 70 N / mm²
flexural strengthapprox. 120 N / mm²

Subspecies and alternative names

Limba wood can be divided into light and dark limba. The bright limba has a straw-colored appearance, while the dark limba is clearly striped gray to black.

Other names

Limba, like most African woods, is also known by many other regional names. These include:

  • White Afara
  • frake
  • Akom
  • Ofram
  • Korina
  • Tonewood



The texture of Limba is very even and not very coarse. The visible pith rays are fine, the pores are medium sized and scattered. Light and dark limba differ only by the color stripes. Both types of wood, however, have little decorative effect.


The color is different, depending on whether it is light or dark limba.


Limba is - unlike most tropical woods - relatively soft. It is relatively easy and with little effort to work with all tools. However, hardness and strengths can often vary greatly depending on the origin of the wood.

Shrinkage and drying

The drying is not a problem, Limba shrinks only slightly, and tends little to crack, except for very large dimensions.


Limba is - unlike many African tropical woods - neither weather resistant nor resistant to fungal and insect infestation. It can therefore only be used in protected indoor areas.


Limba is used to a small extent for furniture construction, interior design but also for doors and moldings. Further uses are blinds and the production of veneers.


Limba wood comes from West and Central Africa, where it is common in many countries.

Here you will find an overview of the most important types of wood worldwide. An overview of the most important tropical wood species, such as Limba can be found here.

Tips & Tricks

Dark veneers are mainly used for veneers because they are comparatively more decorative than the bright version of the wood. It is also mainly used for wood turning.

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