Dibetou is not part of the walnut genus Juglans. Aside from the wood types of West African descent, there are two other Central and East African species with very similar woods. However, they do not have any supra-regional significance.


Botanical name: Lovoa trichilioides
Overall character: Wood with a moderately porous surface, that partly resembles walnut trees in color. It usually has a typical tropical wood structure, which means it has luminous stripes, similar to the appearance of mahagony timber.
Color and structure: The splint is white to light grey and generally has a width of about 5 centimetres. The heartwood is grey-brown to yellowish brown and contrasts visibly with the splint. It darkens strongly in the light, but doesn’t lose it’s glossy finish.
Characteristics/features: Dibetou is moderately light to heavy. Its strength properties are comparable to American mahagony, Khaya and Tiama.
Areas of use: The color of Dibetou is often similar to that of the walnut, which is why it is mainly used as a substitute of it for the production of decorative veneers for furniture and audio furniture as well as for indoor expansion.
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