Heartwood light to golden brown, grayish to pale straw, distinct. Texture coarse; grain broadly interlocked
producing an attractive ribbon figure; moderate luster; unpleasant odor when freshly cut and may return if
timber is rewetted; sawdust may irritate skin and mucous membranes; may stain if in contact with iron under
Dabema has yellowish brown streaky heartwood. Its sapwood is pale and has a coarse interlocked grain. It
smells when wet. Therefore it needs extra care in drying to avoid distortion. For some commercial purposes
it is regarded as an alternative to Iroko.
Used in Heavy Construction, Decking and Flooring.
Works well, blunting of tooth edges most pronounced in sawing, cutting angle of 15 degrees is suggested for
planning knives to minimize tearing of interlocked grain, nailing and gluing satisfactory, moderate wood-