Chamfuta

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Timber

Chamfuta, Chanfuta, Pod Mahogany

Afzelia quanzensis

Commercially available in small volumes, can be supplied in planks, turnings, turning blanks and furniture in limited volumes.

A medium to large spreading deciduous tree , usually 12 to 15 m in height, but reaching 35 m under ideal conditions. Occurring at low altitude  woodlands and dry forest.

Source - Tress of Southern Africa - Keith Coates Palgrave and Meg Coates Palgrave 

The light red-brown timber has a good figure oxidizing to a warm darker colour shortly after conversion, age improves appearance. Weight 770kg's/Ms with SG at 12% it is hard but sandpapers and works well and takes a fine polish using varnish or oil. An easy timber to turn.Tools need to be sharp and the timber is also used for furniture, parquet and panelling. Used to make dug out canoes in Africa and an infusion of the roots is said to provide a remedy for bilharzia.

 Chamfuta tree

Chamfuta tree

  Herbarium sample

Herbarium sample

 wood sample

wood sample

 Chamfuta flower

Chamfuta flower

 Chamfuta pod

Chamfuta pod

 
 Young Chamfuta tree

Young Chamfuta tree

 Chamfuta saplings

Chamfuta saplings

 Chamfuta Seeds

Chamfuta Seeds

 Chamfuta tree

Chamfuta tree

 Chamfuta bark

Chamfuta bark

 Chamfuta leaves

Chamfuta leaves