Leadwood

 

Combretum imberbe, also know in the local Sena language as Nangali and often referred to as Monzo

 
 
 Leadwood

Leadwood

 Herbarium Sample

Herbarium Sample

 Wood sample

Wood sample

Tree

A medium to large tree between 7 and 15 m in height, occurring at medium to low altitudes, in mixed woodlands.

Source - Tress of Southern Africa - Keith Coates Palgrave and Meg Coates Palgrave 

 Leadwood leaves

Leadwood leaves


Timber

The heartwood is dark brown in colour with blackish streaks. Weighing 1,130kg/m3 at a SG of 12% the timber is hard, heavy and durable. It sandpapers well and takes varnishes and oils well to come up with a high lustrous finish. It needs sharp tools. It is difficult to use for furniture but is well suited to turning and carving and has even been used for machine bearing. The wood is so hard that Africans made blades for their hoes before metal became available.