Pterocarpus angooensis D.C
Mninga (Tanzania); ambila (Mozambique); mukwa (Zambia and Rhodesia); kiaat, kajat, kjatenhout (South Africa).
Occurs mainly in the savannah forests throughout Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Rhodesia and South Africa.
A small tree, up to 15m or slightly more, with a diameter of 0.6. It has short bole, usually less than 7.5m in length.
The timber resembles other species of the Pterocarpus genus (padauk from Burma, Andamans and Africa) but lacks the reddish colour of padauk, being brown with irregular reddish streaks. It is also softer and lighter in weight about 640kg/m3 when dried. The sapwood, which is rather wide, is oatmeal in colour; the grain is straight to interlock, and the texture is medium.
The timber has excellent drying properties both in air and kiln drying. There is only the slightest tendency for surface checking to occur. The timber dries rather slowly.
Owing to the varying grain, even in the same log, its strength is generally lower on average than the values for padauk, being about 30 percent inferior in stiffness, but it is about 20 percent more resistant to shock loads, and about equal in bending strength.
Easy to saw and work, although there is a tendency for interlocked grain to pick up in quarter sawn surfaces; a cutting angle of 20o is therefore necessary. The wood turns well, has good nailing and screwing properties, and takes a good polish.
Muninga is an attractive timber, suitable for paneling, high-class joinery and furniture. It makes a first-class floor with a moderate resistance to wear, and is a good timber for decorative veneer.