Trayung; Nigerian ebony; Msuini; Mgriti; Kribi ebony; Gaboon ebony; Cameroon ebony; African ebony; Kukuo (Gambia); Nyareti (Nigeria); Kanran (Nigeria); Omenowa (Ghana); Msindi (Tanzania); Mgiriti (Tanzania); Chaperno (Panama); Piriquiteira (Brazil); Carboncito (Venezuela); Bayuca Caspi (Peru); Ébano (Colombia); Kaqui (Bolivia)
The trees are reported to reach heights of 27 m, with trunk diameters ranging from 60 to 80 cm. They develop well-formed and slightly conical boles that are up to 21 m long.
Diospyros trees are reported in the transition of subtropical to tropical rain forests in South America. They prefer lowlands to medium altitude areas.
This genus is reported to be common in Panama and northern South American forests.
Wood diffuse porous. Vessels solitary and in short radial multiples. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 150 to 200 micras (medium). Vessel-ray pits similar to intervessel pits in size and shape. Simple perforation plates. Intervessel pits small, 7 micras or Axial parenchyma in continuous tangential lines (included in reticulate and scalariform). 3 to 4 cells per parenchyma strand. Occasionally rays more than 10 per mm (abundant). Rays 1 to 2 seriate. Body ray cells procumbent with over 4 rows of upright and/or square marginal cells (Kribs-I). Fibers with distinctly bordered pits. Occasionally fibers with distinctly bordered pits.
The sapwood is sharply demarcated from the heartwood which is black-brown in color.
The grain is mostly straight
Texture of this species is reported to vary from fine to medium.
Ease of Drying: Air seasoning is reported to be rapid. Drying Defects: Risk of end checking and twisting is reported.
This species is easy to saw.
Wood of this species is easy to finish.
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