Common Names: Zebrawood, Zebrano
Scientific Names: Microberlinia brazzavillensis
Appearance: Heartwood is a light brown or cream color with dark blackish brown streaks vaguely resembling a zebra’s stripes. Depending on whether the wood is flatsawn or quartersawn, the stripes can be either chaotic and wavy (flatsawn), or somewhat uniform (quartersawn).
Grain: Has a fairly coarse texture and open pores. Grain is usually wavy or interlocked.
Durablility: Heartwood is rated as durable and is also resistant to insect damage.
Scent: Has a characteristic, unpleasant smell when being worked.
Safety: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Zebrawood has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions simply include eye and skin irritation.
Availability: Zebrawood tends to be fairly expensive, though usually not as prohibitively expensive as other exotics such as Ebony or Rosewood.
Other Comments: Zebrawood is strong and stiff, with a fairly high density. Stability is below average for a tropical exotic wood. Zebrawood is frequently quartersawn and used as veneer. Other uses include: tool handles, furniture, boatbuilding, and skis.