Moabi wood - hard and African

Moabi is one of the hardest tropical woods, which can be summarized into a group of very similar woods. Closely related to the Moabi is also Massaranduba and Macore. What features Moabi has in particular, and what it shares with the other woods, you will learn in detail in this post.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
densityapprox. 0.90 - 1.00 g / cm³, dry approx. 830 kg / m³
Compressive strengthapprox. 72 N / mm²
flexural strength154 - 157 N / mm²

Relationship and other names

Moabi belongs to a group of very hard tropical woods that has produced many closely related species with very similar characteristics. This includes:

  • Massaranduba
  • Macore
  • Mukulungu
  • the Malay Bitis wood

The hardest species of wood in this group is the Massaranduba, which originates from South America. The other, predominantly African species (except Bitis) have but almost the same hardness and properties and a very similar appearance.

DIN names and other names

The DIN abbreviation for Moabi is MOA or international BLTX. In Africa, Moabi is also well known by other names:

  • Dimpampi
  • Adza or Orere
  • Ayap or Adjap
  • Njabi



The wood structure is similar to the other species of the group. The pores are scattered and weak. They are almost always filled with deposits, which is clearly recognizable and gives the wood a clearly recognizable structure. Also typical are slight streaks. Gloss stripes can occur.


The sapwood is very bright yellowish, usually with a light pink tint. The heartwood is reddish to slightly violet when fresh and later darkens to a partly very dark reddish-brown tone.


Like all species in the group, Moabi is very hard and heavy. Due to the hardness and silicic acid deposits in the wood, it is often difficult to work. However, very smooth surfaces can be produced (due to the high density of the wood and the fiber characteristics).

Shrinkage and drying

Moabi must be dried slowly, otherwise cracks will occur. The shrinkage behavior is in the middle range, deformations are possible in particular with too fast drying.


Moabi, like all other species in the group, is highly weather-resistant and highly resistant to fungal and insect attack (resistance class 1).


At Moabi, as with all other types of group, it is possible to use either as heavy-duty solid wood or as plywood suitable for outdoor use. In principle, it is also well-suited for terraced construction and GaLa construction, as well as construction wood, but it is difficult to work with, especially when it comes to dimensionally stable constructions.


Moabi comes almost exclusively from the west of the African continent, especially between Nigeria and Zaire.

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

Tips & Tricks

When editing, make sure that, as with all other species of the group, the wood dust can be extremely irritating and harmful to your health, and protect yourself accordingly (extraction systems, personal protective equipment). In addition, you should note that contact with alkaline glues, fresh mortar and ferrous metals in the wood can cause unsightly discoloration, which can no longer be repaired.

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