Scientific Name: Mansonia altissima
Location: west tropical Africa
Dried Weight: 41lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,290lbf
Crushing Strength: 7,800lbf /in2


Mansonia has a heartwood that is yellowish or grayish brown color and the color tends to lighten and fade with exposure to light. The sapwood is a yellow to nearly white color. The grain is straight although it can occasionally be interlocked and it has a fine to medium uniform texture. The wood gives off a slight natural lustre. The end grain is diffuse-porous. Mansonia is rated as very durable in regards to decay. It is easy to work with and glues, turns, and finishes well. It also has good steam bending properties. Be careful with this wood the sawdust has deleterious effects on health.