Common Names
Zebrawood, Zebrano
Scientific Name
Microberlinia brazzavillensis
West Africa
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). Has a fairly coarse texture and open pores. Grain is usually wavy or interlocked. Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; large to very large pores in no specific arrangement, few to very few; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; heartwood deposits (brown) occasionally present; narrow rays not visible without lens, spacing fairly close; parenchyma diffuse-in-aggregates, unilateral, vasicentric, winged, lozenge, and confluent, and banded (marginal).
Avg. Dried Weight
50 lbs/ft3 (805 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness
1830 lbf
Modulus of Rupture
17,800 lbf/in2 (122.8 MPa)
Elastic Modulus
2,374,000 lbf/in2 (16.37 GPa)
Crushing Strength
9,210 lbf/in2 (63.5 MPa)
Radial: 7.6%, Tangential: 10.8%, Volumetric: 17.8%, T/R Ratio: 1.4
Heartwood is rated as durable and is also resistant to insect damage.
The wood saws well, but can be very difficult to plane or surface due to the prevalence of interlocking grain. Tearout is common. Zebrawood glues and finishes well, though a transparent pore filler may be necessary for the large open pores which occur on both dark and light surfaces.

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