Danta - Nesogordonia papaverifera

Janka Hardness = 2140

Photosensitivity = No

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The heartwood is reddish-brown in color, and the lustrous surface is similar to that of dark mahogany. The presence of small pin knots is very common and streaks of dark scar tissues can sometimes mar the appearance of the wood.

Scientific Name = Nesogordonia papaverifera
Trade Name = Danta
Family Name = Sterculiaceae
Synonyms =
Common Names =
Aborbora, Abumana, Acacia du Gabon, Ahia, Akumaba, Akumadua, Akumba, Alele, Apro, Apru, Apuro, Apuropurow, Arborbora, Awraw, Ayia, Baa, Bah, Bakabakue, Balake, Bana, Banu, Bello, Bukyu-akwa, Butuakwa, Cissinhungo, Danta, Denkyera, Denta, Ekumadu, Ekumbaa, Epro, Eprou, Epru, Ka-bakam, Kissin hungo, Kissinhungo, Kondofindo, Koti, Kotibe, Kotie, Kuapa, Majaagei, Mutsanya, Naouya, Odanta, Ogamiguia, Olbarbora, Olborbora, Opuropurow, Oro, Otala, Otutu, Ouringue, Ovoe, Ovoue, Ovoui, Owoe, Redwood, Sinani, Tsanya, Urhuaro
Regions of Distribution = Africa
Countries of Distribution =
Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zaire

Numerical Strength Properties and Data:
Bending Strength = 18,841 psi or 1,324 kg/cm2
Density = 47 Lbs/Ft3 or 753 kg/m3
Janka Hardness = 2,140
Hardness = 1,800 lbs. or 816 kg
Impact Strength = 44 inches or 111 cm
Maximum Crushing Strength = 9,676 psi or 680 kg/cm2
Shearing Strength = 2093 psi or 147 kg/cm2
Stiffness = 1,766,000 psi or 124,000 kg/cm2
Specific Gravity = 0.66
Work to Maximum Load = 14 inch-lb/in3 or 0.98 cm-kg/cm3
Weight = 45 Lbs/Ft3 or 721 kg/m3
Fiber Saturation Point = 30%
Radial Shrinkage = 5.4%
Tangential Shrinkage = 8.2%
Volumetric Shrinkage = 12.4%
T/R Ration = 1.5

General Characteristics = Heartwood reddish brown; sharply defined from 2 to 3 in. wide lighter colored sapwood. Texture is fine and even; grain narrowly interlocked producing a stripe figure; medium luster; without characteristic odor or taste. Wood marked with dark streaks of scar tissue, pin knots. Slight greasy feel.

Grain = The interlocked grain is reported to produce a striped figure on quarter sawn surfaces.
Texture = Moderately Fine, grain straight to interlocked.
Movement in Service = Low, Properly seasoned wood has remarkable stability, with very little dimensional change in response to fluctuations in atmospheric conditions
Photosensitivity = Low
Color = Wood light brown to reddish brown. Moire and ribbon like aspect on quarter sawn.