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Limba Terminalia superba
Closely related to Idigbo (T. ivorensis), limbo is most commonly available in its paler form and usually known as white limba or korina. With a fairly coarse texture and generally straight grain, it is prone to splintering, and the shards can cause skin irritation. Nails and screws must be pre-drilled to prevent splintering. However, limba works fairly well and can be finished to a good luster. It is not a particularly special lumber, being valued mainly as a utility wood, though the heartwood (often known as black limba) has dark streaks and is an inexpensive alternative to zebrawood (Microberlinia brazzavillensis), ziricote (Cordia dodecandra) or marblewood (Marmaroxylon racemosum).

Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Korina, black limba, white limba, afara
Sources West Africa
Color Pale yellow or light tan
Texture Medium to coarse, but consistent
Grain Straight, but occasionally interlocking
Hardness Medium to hard, but not durable, and susceptible to insect attack
Weight Medium (34 lb./cu. ft.) (540 kg/cu. m)

Limba is not widely available but should not be difficult to find or expensive to buy. This is one of the less popular species to be exploited commercially and has not been listed as endangered. Certified lumber is rare.

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