BOSSE

Bossé is an exotic species native from West and Central Africa adapted to many uses. It is a pinkish brown wood. Its durability makes it a choice material for exterior joinery.

 

BOSSE
Botanical name(s) :

Guarea cedrata, Guarea laurentii, Guarea thompsonii

Family:  MELIACEAE (angiosperme)

Commercial restrictions: no commercial restriction

The tropical tree Bossé is a large tree of about 40 in height and 1.5 in diameter. The bole is straight, with bases, more rarely with buttresses. It is covered with yellowish and scaly bark.

The edge and the flowers of Bossé give off a strong characteristic perfume.

The name "Bossé" actually includes several species, divided into two groups of pilot names: the light Bossé (Guarea cedrata and Guarea laurentii) and the dark Bossé (Guarea thompsonii). The second has a more brownish trunk and its edge exudes a whitish latex.

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Bossé TIMBER USES

Bossé is a tropical pinkish brown, light to medium-heavy, moderately hard wood. It is a durable exotic species, resistant to fungi and dry wood borers, although sensitive to termites.

Its durability makes it a wood suitable for many uses, especially outdoors :

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DISTRIBUTION AREA OF Bossé

Bossé is a tropical species characteristic of the forests of West and Central Africa. Bossé can be found from Liberia to Uganda, and as far south as Angola.

ECOLOGY and biology OF bossé

The tropical tree Bossé is found in dense evergreen rainforests. It is an undeciduous species that tolerates shade.

DESCRIPTION OF Bossé timber

  • Color: pinkish borwn
  • Sapwood: distinct
  • Grain: fine

PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF Bossé

See Tropix sheet of Bossé (CIRAD).

NATURAL DURABILITY AND TREATABILITY of Bossé timber

  • Fungi: class 2 - durable
  • Dry wood borers: durable
  • Termites : class S - sensitive
  • Treatability: class 4 - resistant
  • Species covering the use class 5: No

See Tropix sheet of Bossé (CIRAD).

PROCESSING OF bossé TIMBER

See Tropix sheet of Bossé (CIRAD).

 

Sources: CIRAD - ATIBT

Copyright photo: Q. Meunier, C. Moumbogou, J.-L. Doucet, 2015. Les arbres utiles du Gabon

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