White Limba
Formal Name: Terminalia superba

Other Names: Limba, Afara, Ofram, Akom, White Frak√©, Korina

Wood Description

The wood ranges in color from a pale cream to a yellowish-brown or straw color with the sapwood and heartwood very similar. The heartwood will sometimes have nearly black markings that produced an attractive figure. The texture is moderately coarse with a grain that is usually straight, but on occasion can be irregular or interlocked.


White Limba is found from Sierra Leone to Angola and Zaire. It grows in rain and savanna forests and is also a favorite plantation species in West Africa.

Working Properties

White Limba is easy to work with hand or power tools. It responds well to ordinary machining tools in all operations, and works to produce clean smooth surfaces. It saws easily and has good gluing and nailing characteristics, as well as good veneering properties. It stains well and is suited to a variety of finishes.

Main Uses

Limba veneer is popular for plywood, indoor joinery and outdoor joinery after protective treatment. Heartwood veneer is also used for highly decorative furniture and paneling.