Previously, this species was known to most consumers only as light wood that’s mostly imported from countries South of the equator. Recently, however, there’s been an increasing demand in Limba, which is a darker remarkable wood, mainly from countries North of the equator.


Botanical name: Terminalia superba
Overall character: Light or variably dark wood with a moderately visible porosity.
Color and structure: The outer sapwood is up to 10 cm wide and has a pale yellowish grey color. It is hardly distinguishable from the inner area, which is also called bright Limba. However, timber of all provenances can, more or less frequently, have cloudy, star and band-shaped kernelly marks in an olive-grey to dark brown color on the cross-section.
Characteristics/features: Frake wood is of has a medium weight. Just like Limba wood, which has a variable weight (0.52 to 0.6 grams/cm for lighter qualities and 0.5 to 0.55 g/cm3 for more colored options), the processability of the timber may vary.
Areas of use: Frake is suitable for all kinds of indoor construction. Because of its low resistance to fungus when damp, it can not be used outdoors.