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Panga Panga Millettia stuhlmannii
HARDWOOD THAT IS A LIGHTER SHADE OF WENGE
Very similar in looks, panga panga is related to the more famous black hardwood wenge (M. laurentii). The lumber has an intriguing mix of colors, from mid-gold to black streaks of gum. It has thin, dark brown lines like the medullary rays of oak, but these never flame in quite the same way. The effect is very dramatic on either quartersawn or plain-sawn sides. Panga panga is said to be stable in use, and its hardness and distinctive pattern make it ideal for parquet or strip flooring.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Tropical hardwood
Sources East Africa
Color Bands of dark and light brown with some gold and some black streaks
Texture Coarse and uneven
Grain The light and dark bands that give panga panga its distinctive look have a contrasting density that makes working difficult. There is also a risk of gum pockets that can clog blades. Otherwise the grain is generally straight, but sometimes interlocking.
Hardness Hard
Weight Heavy (58 lb./cu. ft.) (930 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Not as widely available as wenge, and moderately expensive. Not listed as vulnerable.



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