Black Limba


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Black limba is the heart and sapwood of Terminous Superba a West African hardwood that has been figured with streaks of black and red created when the tree expels non-essential and toxic (to the tree) metals it draws in from its vast roots. 

One of the few African Woods not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to its limited structural use and vast size and swift growth. It makes for excellent guitar bodies and turned work. Other woods from the Terminous Superba that are not figured with its black mineral streaks are known as Afara, Korina, Limba, or white limba.