Ekki

Latin name: Lophira alata

 

Also known as: bongossi (Camersoons), kaku (Ghana), azobe (Ivory Coast), akoura (Gabon), eba (Nigeria), hendui (Sierra Leone)


Wood Type:

Hardwood

Durability:

Durable

Treatability:

Extremely difficult

Moisture Movement:

Large

Density (mean, Kg/m³):

1070

Texture:

Coarse

Availability:

Limited availability at specialist timber merchant

Price:

Medium

Sizes:

Obtainable in large sizes

Chemical Properties:

Moderately resistant to termite attack, acid resistant

Use(s):

Heavy structural use, Decking, Marine or freshwater construction

Colour(s):

Dark brown/black

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Environmental

Listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as VU – Vulnerable: at risk of extinction. Also meets CITES Appendix II criteria. [Information courtesy of Timbmet Ltd]

 

Distribution

Grows in West Africa from Sierra Leone to Nigeria and the Cameroons. It is a tree of the heavy rain forests and swamps.

 

The tree

Ekki is a large tree, attaining a height of 45 to 50m and a diameter of 1.5m.

 

The timber

The sapwood is pale pink and sharply defined from the heart-wood, which is red-brown to dark brown with a somewhat speckled appearance due to white deposits in the pores. The grain is usually interlocked and the texture is coarse. The wood is extremely hard and heavy, weighing 960 to 1120 kg/m³ when dried.

 

Drying

Very difficult to dry and generally shakes badly; serious degrade is likely, especially surface checking and end splitting. Needs to be piled with special care.

  

Working qualities

Difficult - Very difficult to work with hand tools, but can be worked by machines with less trouble. Must be pre-bored for nailing.

Suppliers

Brooks Bros (UK) Limitednavigation-arrow

Maldon

Capricorn Eco Timbernavigation-arrow

Stafford

E O Burton & Co Limitednavigation-arrow

Brentwood

Gilmour & Aitkennavigation-arrow

Alexandria

Gripdecknavigation-arrow

Colchester

International Timbernavigation-arrow

Manchester

James Latham plcnavigation-arrow

Hemel Hempstead

Morgan Timbernavigation-arrow

Rochester

NHG Timber Limitednavigation-arrow

Croydon

Timber Focusnavigation-arrow

Manchester

Timbmetnavigation-arrow

Stanford in the Vale

W. L. West & Sons Ltdnavigation-arrow

Petworth

Suppliers

W. L. West & Sons Ltdnavigation-arrow

Petworth

Timbmetnavigation-arrow

Stanford in the Vale

Timber Focusnavigation-arrow

Manchester

NHG Timber Limitednavigation-arrow

Croydon

Morgan Timbernavigation-arrow

Rochester

James Latham plcnavigation-arrow

Hemel Hempstead

International Timbernavigation-arrow

Manchester

Gripdecknavigation-arrow

Colchester

Gilmour & Aitkennavigation-arrow

Alexandria

E O Burton & Co Limitednavigation-arrow

Brentwood

Capricorn Eco Timbernavigation-arrow

Stafford

Brooks Bros (UK) Limitednavigation-arrow

Maldon