SIPO

 

The exotic species Sipo is a Central African essence sought after in exterior joinery and cabinet making. It is a versatile wood, with a reddish-brown appearance, a substitute for mahogany in exterior joinery.

SIPO
Botanical name(s) :

Entandrophragma utile

Family:  MELIACEAE (angiosperme)

Commercial restrictions: no commercial restriction

The tropical tree Sipo is one of the giants of the forests of West and Central Africa: it is sometimes higher than 60 m, for 2 m in diameter!

Its bole is straight, with buttresses or bases that can reach up to 5 m, and covered with a silver-grey to yellow-grey cracked bark. The edge of Sipo, not very fragrant, is pinkish-red.

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SIPO TIMBER USES

Sipo is an exotic red-brown wood with purplish reflections. The wood is moderately durable against fungi and termites, but is resistant to dry wood borers due to its distinct sapwood.

It is a versatile material since it can be used in both interior and exterior joinery. Tropical wood Sipo is also used in the manufacture of plywood, panellings and mouldings.

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DISTRIBUTION AREA OF sipo

Tropical species Sipo is found over a wide distribution area in central and western Africa, from Guinea in the north to Angola in the south and Uganda in the east.

ECOLOGY and biology OF sipo

The tropical tree Sipo is a deciduous species that grows in dense evergreen humid and semi-caducifoliated forests.

DESCRIPTION OF sipo timber

  • Color: red-brown
  • Sapwood: distinct
  • Grain: medium

PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF sipo timber

See Tropix sheet of Sipo (CIRAD).

NATURAL DURABILITY AND TREATABILITY of sipo timber

  • Fungi: class 2-3 - durable to moderately durable
  • Dry wood borers: durable
  • Termites : class M - moderately durable
  • Treatability: class 4 - resistant
  • Species covering the use class 5: No

See Tropix sheet of Sipo (CIRAD).

PROCESSING OF sipo TIMBER

See Tropix sheet of Sipo (CIRAD).

 

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