AIELE

Aiele is a large tropical tree from the forests of West and Central Africa. It is a pinkish brown exotic wood, widely used for the manufacture of plywood. The tropical species Aiele can be used as susbsitut to okoumé.

AIELE
Botanical name(s) :

Canarium schweinfurthii

Family:  BURSERACEAE (angiosperme)

Commercial restrictions: no commercial restriction

Aiele grows in the forests of West Africa and Central Africa, reaching 50 m in height and 2 m in diameter. The bole is straight, grey, with buttresses at the base. It is covered with cracks and scales, and its edge exudes a resinous liquid characterized by an incense smell.

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aiele TIMBER USES

Aiele is a very soft and light wood, not durable, to be reserved for indoor use without dampness. As the sapwood is not clearly distinct, it is necessary to treat the timber against dry wood borers.


Its good peeling ability allows it to be used for the manufacture of plywood, especially as a substitute for okoumé.


It is mainly used for:

Structures and panels

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

Carpentry and interior fittings

  • Doors and door frames
  • Interior panelling and cladding
  • Layout and furnishings

Miscellaneous uses

  • Packing and crating

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DISTRIBUTION AREA OF aiele

Aiele is found in a vast area of distribution in West and Central Africa, from Senegal in the north to Angola in the south, and to Tanzania in the east.

ECOLOGY and Biology of aiele

Aiele grows in evergreen and semi-deciduous forests. Seeds are dispersed by animals from November to January - they may be dormant in the soil and germinate in the light.

DESCRIPTION OF aiele TIMBER

  • Color: pinkish brown
  • Sapwood: not demarcated
  • Texture: coarse
  • Grain: interlocked
  • Interlocked grain: marked

aiele : PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

See the Tropix sheet of aiele (CIRAD).

aiele: 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 4 - not permeable
  • Use class ensured by natural durability: class 1 - inside (no dampness)
  • Species covering the use class 5: No

See the Tropix sheet of aiele (CIRAD).

PROCESSING OF aiele TIMBER

See the Tropix sheet of aiele (CIRAD).

Sources :

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

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