ANDOUNG

Andoung is the pilot name  for the exploitation and marketing of a number of species. These are large trees that grow in Gabon and Cameroon, characterized by their large diameter. Andoung exotic timber is mainly used in interior joinery and in the plywood industry.

ANDOUNG
Botanical name(s) :

Monopetalanthus spp.

Family: FABACEAE-CAESALPINIOIDEAE (angiosperme)

Commercial restrictions: no commercial restriction

Andoung is a large tree that can reach up to 55 m in height and 2.5 m in diameter. The bole is straight, with large buttresses.

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ANdoung TIMBER USES

The tropical species andoung is a light to medium-heavy, soft to medium-hard wood. It is not durable and is best used inside with no risk of dampness. The sapwood is not clearly demarcated, so it is necessary to treat the wood against dry wood borers.


It is used in the plywood industry due to its good peeling.


Andoung is used for the following products: 

Structures and panels

  • Lightweight structures
  • Plywood, inside face and outside face
  • Plywood, inner layers
  • Sliced veneer

Exterior joinery (building facade)

  • Windows and doors
  • Shutters and closures

Carpentry and interior fittings

  • Wooden floors
  • Interior staircases
  • Doors and door frames
  • Interior panelling and cladding
  • Layout and furnishings

Miscellaneous uses

  • Packing and crating

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DISTRIBUTION AREA OF andoung

The species gathered under the pilot name "andoung" grow mainly in Cameroon and Gabon.

ECOLOGY and Biology of andoung

The species gathered under the name "andoung" are found in dense evergreen rainforests.

DESCRIPTION OF andoung TIMBER

  • Color: pink brown to red brown
  • Sapwood: not demarcated
  • Texture: medium
  • Grain: interlocked
  • Interlocked grain: medium

andoung : PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

See the Tropix sheet of andoung (CIRAD).

andoung: NATURAL DURABILITY AND TREATABILITY

  • Funghi: class 5 - not durable
  • Dry wood borers: susceptible - sapwood not or slightly demarcated (risk in all the wood)
  • Termites : class S - susceptible
  • Treatability: class 2 - moderately permeable
  • Use class ensured by natural durability: class 1 - inside (no dampness)
  • Species covering the use class 5: No

See the Tropix sheet of andoung (CIRAD).

PROCESSING OF andoung TIMBER

See the Tropix sheet of andoung (CIRAD).

Sources :

  • CIRAD
  • ATIBT
  • Q. Meunier, C. Moumbogou, J.-L. Doucet, 2015, Les arbres utiles du Gabon

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