Wood lexicon Types of wood


[zebra no]; [Microberlinia bisulcata]; Allen élé (CM); African zebrawood (GB)


West Africa

bulk density

0,77 g / cm³

durability class

2 – 3

radial shrinkage

0,18 - 0,26%

Tangential shrinkage

0,35 - 0,37%

wood color

yellowish brown

wood structure

diffuse and coarse


Furniture, interior fittings, equipment construction

Zebrano is a precious African wood and is preferred for interiors such as luxury furniture, veneer, paneling and shop fittings. It is particularly characterized by its unusual color scheme. The wood is yellowish white with deep brown striped veins and gray sapwood. Due to the similarity to the zebra's fur, it is also called "zebra wood".

Since 2000, the Zebrano species “Microberlinia bisulcata” has been listed as “Critically Endangered” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Thus, the wood is threatened with extinction.

Sources: Wood ABC GD wood, Wikipedia

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