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Okan

Okan

Durability
Very durable - class 1
Strength class
D50
Applications

Thanks to its durability, Okan wood is used in all kind of hydraulic constructions, like bridges, decking’s, sheet pilings, jetties, sound barriers, stables and piles.

Mass volume
1000-1200 kg/m3. At 12% moisture level 850-950 kg/m3.
Colour
Freshly sawn Okan wood has a yellow to golden yellow colour, with (dark) green/olive green shade. After exposure, the wood darkens to red brown, often with a coppery glow.
Details
As a result of the dark colored edges, the growth rings of Okan can be clearly seen on the crosscut surface. The 50-75 mm thick sapwood is light pink and is easy to distinguish. The unpleasant smell of Okan disappears after drying.
Grain
The wood structure is interlocked.
Texture
The texture is medium coarse.
Drying
Okan wood dries very slowly, with risks of cracking.
Machining
As a result of the high density, Okan hardwood is not easy to machine. Furthermore, the wood causes a blunting effect of the tools. It dries very slowly, with risks of cracking.
Screwing/nailing
Pre-drilling is necessary.
Finishing surface
The gluing is difficult, and finishing is possible.
Botanical name
Cylicodiscus gabunensis
Origin area
Topical West Africa
Other names
Edoum, Denya
Remarks
The tree has a straight and cylindrical trunk and reaches up to 40 – 50 m with a diameter till about 1.5 m (max 3 m).
Family
Leguminosae (Mimoseae)