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Opepe (Nauclea diderrichii Merr)

Opepe or Bilinga (Nauclea diderrichii Merr) is a yellowish-brown hardwood grown in West Africa. Extremely strong, durable and resistant to decay. Opepe is widely used in heavy construction applications and in marine and jetty work. This increasingly popular timber can also be used for railway longitudinal bridge timbers and decking.

In temperate climates, the wood is very durable against fungi, and durable against dry wood borers and termites. It is suitable for use in a marine environment. Opepe may be used for railway sleepers, poles, hydraulic works, bridges and ship planking and flooring. It may also be used for heavy industrial flooring. The wood may also be used for veneer and cabinet work.

 

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