Panga-Panga Tree and Wood

Panga-Panga Deciduous tree (l)

(Wood color of Panga-Panga)
"Millettia stuhlmannii"
Family: Leguminosae, also known as; Jambrie - Messara

About the Panga-Panga Tree

Panga-Panga and Wengé-wood have much the same properties. Wengé, however, has a lighter brown color. Panga Panga-wood becomes increasingly darker by the drying process and the influence of sunlight. This durable wood comes from a 18 to 20 meter high tree, with a diameter of 50-60 cm. The Panga Panga tree grows mainly on the east coast of Kenya and Mozambique and near the lakes of Tanzania.

The inflorescence and Leafs of the Panga-Panga Tree

Panga-Panga infrorescencePanga-Panga leafs and flowers

Positive Traits of Panga-Panga Wood

Panga Panga, has a beautiful pattern and is fairly easy to work up. Finishing off the wood by a wax gives a much nicer, warmer result than using an oil or varnish. The wood is very resistant to attacks of insects and fungus.

Seed of the Panga-Panga tree
Seed of the Panga-Panga tree

Negative Traits of Panga-Panga Wood

As many tropical trees, Panga Panga-wood contains chemicals. These are released by working up the wood. People sensitive to these chemicals may get gastrointestinal desorder and / or inflammation of their skin. By nailing or screwing, drilling beforehand is needed. The wood splits easily, is moderate to glue and difficult to bend. Due to its hardness, tools will be blunt soon.

Density and Durability of Panga-Panga Wood

The average weight of 1m³ of Panga Panga-wood with a moisture content of 12% is 800 kilograms. Durability l

Applications Panga-PangaTimber

Due to the positive qualities of the wood, it is suitable for many applications. Parquet and strip flooring, window and door frames, wall paneling, stairs and steps. It is inspiring for wood-cutting and -turning. Sculptors like to use it and solid-wood and veneer is applied by the furniture-industry.

Panga-panga tree
The Panga-Panga Tree