joinery, interior trim, panelling, window frames, doors, ship building, vehiclebodies, furniture, cabinet work, decorative boxes, crates, veneer and plywood. Itis suitable for musical instruments, toys, novelties, carving and turnery, but gumexudation may have adverse effects on the products. Traditionally, the wood isused for dug-out canoes. It is also used as fuelwood and for charcoal production.The bark is used in traditional medicine. Bark decoctions or macerations aretaken to treat stomach-ache, food poisoning and gonorrhoea, and used as awash against kidney pain, bleeding after childbirth, rheumatism and leprosy.
trees are sometimes left after forest clearing to serve as shadetrees for coffee and cocoa plantations, e.g. in Cameroon.
Production and international trade
The wood of
De Wild. and
Sprague & Hutch. is all traded as ‘bosse’. In the past, Côte d’Ivoire was the mainexporter of
wood, exporting 45,000 m³ in 1971 and 21,000 m³ in 1983.Congo exported 11,000 m³ of
logs in 2003, at an average price of US$174/m³, 15,000 m³ in 2004, at an average price of US$ 177/m³, and 21,000 m³ in2005, at an average price of US$ 172/m³. Exports of
sawnwood fromCongo were 4000 m³ in 2004, at an average price of US$ 333/m³, and 9000 m³ in2005, at an average price of US$ 304/m³. Small amounts of veneer wereexported from Congo in 2003 and 2004, at an average price of US$ 331/m³ andUS$ 363/m³, respectively. Cameroon exported 12,250 m³ and 11,700 m³ of
logs in 1997 and 1998, respectively, and exports of sawn ‘bossé’ were4150 m³ in 2003, 3300 m³ in 2004, and 3000 m³ in 2006. Ghana exported 2450m³ of
logs in 1994, at an average price of US$ 221/m³, and 3710 m³ of sawn wood, at an average price of US$ 424/m³. The Central African Republicexported 3200 m³ of logs in 1999, and 2300 m³ in 2006.
has someimportance as export timber in Gabon, with an annual export volume in 2001– 2005 of about 5000 m³ of logs for all
species together. However, theshare of
in Gabon is small because it is uncommon there.