Botanical Name: (Terminalia superba)
COMMON NAMES: generally known in the US as afara, korina, white limba, and black limba. It is all the same tree.
COLOR: There are three colors of limba.
A "normal" tree has off-white sapwood and is sometimes
yellowish or even pale brown and the heartwood is
similarly colored and not clearly differentiated from the sapwood.
These two types of limba and are virtually indistinguishable although
sometimes the heartwood will be darker brown. The sapwood and heartwood
of this version is white limba. The third limba, which is the somewhat
more rare heartwood, has varying degrees of irregular black streaking,that
can create some beautiful patterns. This is called "black limba".
There is no such thing as a white or black limba tree. Black limba is about
the same as mahogany in weight, hardness and texture. The pores are small
enough that one can finish the wood without filling it. I like this wood and
wouldn't hesitate to substitute it for mahogany.
This wood will often have wormholes in it that give it the nice streaking color.