Masasa

 

Brachystegia spiciformis, also known by the various different spelling versions, Msasa, Missassa and the Sena name N'sassa

 
 
 Masasa

Masasa

 Herbarium Sample

Herbarium Sample

 Wood sample

Wood sample

Tree

A medium to large tree, 8 to 15 m in height, the branches are heavy, thrusting upwards and outwards, often twisting and curving, giving the tree a beautiful shape. It occurs in open, deciduous woodland, tolerating a wide range of soil types. 

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

 Masasa

Masasa


Timber

The heartwood is a uniform red/brown and clearly defined. Weighing 975kg/m3 it is a hard timber that turns well, sandpapering and taking oils and varnish well. Tools must be sharp and also used for furniture, railway sleepers and flooring.

 

 Masasa log on the saw

Masasa log on the saw

 Core sampling Masasa

Core sampling Masasa

 Masasa Forest

Masasa Forest