MOVINGUI

 

The tropical species movingui is an excellent material in interior joinery and cabinet making, especially for the manufacture of luxury furniture. 

MOVINGUI
Botanical name(s) :

Distemonanthus benthamianus

Family: FABACEAE-CAESALPINIOIDEAE (angiosperme)

Commercial restrictions: no commercial restriction

 

Movingui is an exotic essence native to West Africa. The tree can reach a height of about 40 meters and a diameter of 1.2 meters. The bole is straight, cylindrical, with buttresses in older trees. The tropical tree movingui is easily distinguished by its whitish trunk at the bottom and reddish at the top.

The pinkish trunk has the smell of plantain skin. The foliage is light and clear. 

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movingui TROPICAL TIMBER USES

The exotic species movingui is a lemon yellow to yellow brown wood. It is a medium-heavy, medium-hard to hard wood. It does not require preservative treatment against dry wood borers, however it may need to be treated if there is a risk of temporary moistening.

Movingui is widely commercialized, particularly because of its versatility. It is used

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DISTRIBUTION AREA OF the species movingui

The species movingui is found in West Africa, along the Gulf of Guinea, from Sierra Leone in the North to Gabon in the South.

ECOLOGY OF THE SPECIES movingui

Movingui loses its leaves for a short period of time. The seeds are spread by the wind.

DESCRIPTION OF movingui TROPICAL TIMBER

See the Tropix sheet (CIRAD).

  •  Color: lemon yellow to yellow brown
  • Sapwood: clearly distinct
  • Grain: medium

PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF movingui TROPICAL TIMBER

See the Tropix sheet (CIRAD).

  • Specific gravity*: 0,73
  • Monnin hardness*: 5,6
  • Coef. of volumetric shrinkage: 0,54%
  • Total tangential shrinkage (TS): 5,8%
  • Total radial shrinkage (RS): 3,6%
  • TS/RS ratio: 1,6
  • Fiber saturation point: 23%

*at 12% of wood moisture

NATURAL DURABILITY AND TREATABILITY OF movingui TROPICAL TIMBER

See the Tropix sheet (CIRAD).

  • Fungi: class 3 - moderately durable
  • Dry wood borers: durable
  • Termites : class M - moderately durable
  • Treatability: class 4 - not impregnable
  • Species covering the use class 5: No

PROCESSING OF movingui TROPICAL TIMBER

See the Tropix sheet (CIRAD).

  • Seasoning speed: normal
  • Risk of deformation during seasoning: low

 

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

Copyright photo: Q. Meunier, C. Moumbogou, J.-L. Doucet, 2015, Les arbres utiles du Gabon (trunk, foliage, flowers)

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