Aningre Wood - The Faux Wood

In recent years, Aningre wood has become increasingly popular as an exchange wood for expensive wood species, as it has a relatively neutral structuring, and can be very well dyed and printed. What features Aningre still has, you will learn in detail in this post.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
Weight raw900 - 1,000 kg / cm³
Dry weight500 - 650 kg / m³
Compressive strength55 - 65 N / mm²
flexural strength95-105 N / mm²

Other names and DIN designation

Aningre is a trade name used for a wide variety of African wood species that are quite similar in their properties and appearance. It is often difficult to determine the exact type of wood.

Designation by origin

Overall, there are three different names, which, however, do not refer to the particular type of wood, but to the place of origin of the wood:

  • Aningre blanc (Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana)
  • Longhi blanc (Cameroon, Congo, Zaire)
  • Anirgre Rouge = Longhi Rouge (all clearly red woods of the two regional groups)

In addition, the name Akatio for a very bright, salmon-pink wood naturalized, which comes mainly from the Ivory Coast.



The pores are of medium size in almost all woods, scattered and almost always arranged radially. The wood rays are fine in all woods and only slightly visible. The fiber courses can be different, but usually straight or locked.


The colors differ depending on the group. All Aningre or Longhi Blanc woods are fresh mostly yellowish gray and darken later to slightly pinkish gray to slightly reddish brown. The Longhi Rouge species, however, are colored much redder. Akatio has a very typical salmon pink color. The sapwood is almost always yellowish gray.


Aningre is only of medium hardness, and therefore has lower strength than other tropical wood species. It is easy to work and can be processed like local wood.

Shrinkage and drying

Drying is not a problem and is fast, there is generally little cracking during drying, except for individual logs.


Aningre is neither weather resistant nor resistant to fungal and insect infestation.


Aningre is mainly used indoors. A main field of application is the furniture industry, ceiling and wall coverings are possible. A small part of the wood is also used in the construction of musical instruments.


For Aningre Holz you generally have to expect between € 1,100 and € 1,500 per m³ of timber in the timber trade.

An overview of the most important types of wood worldwide.
An overview of the most important tropical wood species, such as Angelique, can be found here

Tips & Tricks

In the import you will occasionally find the name Tanganyika walnut - but this name is unspecific and not always meaningful to describe the wood species.

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