Common Name(s): umbrella tree, musizi, esenge, ndunga, omohumula

Scientific Name: Maesopsis eminii

Distribution: Occurs in Western, Central and Eastern Africa along the equator. The species is managed in natural stands and planted in many areas throughout its native range. It has been introduced to India, Sumatra, Java, Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Hawaii, Western Samoa, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Malawi.

Janka Hardness: 690

Color/Appearance: The sapwood is white; it has a thickness of up to 5 cm. The heartwood is bright yellow-green or green-brown, turning to a pale golden brown on exposure, it is clearly demarcated.

Grain/Texture: Straight; grain has no particular influence on drying, machining and finishing qualities. The wood is typically coarse in texture. The wood surface is moderate in luster.

Workability: It is easy to work, glues, nails, and finishes well.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is on the IUCN Red List. listed as Least Concern.

Common Uses: Veneer for interior of plywood, Boxes and crates, Interior joinery, molding, turned goods, particleboard, veneer for back or face of plywood, formwork, current furniture or furniture components, interior paneling, sliced veneer.