The doussie is a very heavy wood with whitish or white-yellowish sapwood and brownish-golden or reddish-brown heartwood.

Coarse texture with straight or crossed or irregular grain.

Technological properties

The doussie is characterized by a very hard wood, with a very modest dimensional variation following changes in humidity.

Mahining with tools is not always easy, also because the rich presence of minerals causes rapid wear of the cutting edges. Difficult cutting and therefore rarely used.

It is a very resistant and medium-rigid wood. Very durable to the degradation from fungi and insects, resistant also to the attack of termites.


The high density and natural durability make it ideal for heavy work even in outdoor environments, therefore it is privileged in the construction of bridges, dock docks, paving (even of velodromes).

In interior carpentry jobs it is used for the production of furniture, fixtures, stairs, flooring and profiles.

Typical defects

Internal tensions.

Technical details of the doussie

Family Leguminosae
Scientific name Afzelia spp.
Other denominations Mtumbi (Kenya), Linguè (Senegal), Mbembakofi, M’kora (Tanzania)
Geographic origin African tropical rainforests of the strip from Senegal to Tanzania
Specific weight Medium Fresh 900 kg/m³
Dried 690 kg/m³
Sawing Without problems
Drying It must be done slowly
Planing Easy
Gluing Without problems
Nailing and screwing Easy

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