The wood is orangey yellow brown to reddish brown. Tali from East Africa has a lighter colour. The sapwood is striped and clearly demarcated. The grain is interlocked and the texture is coarse. Tali darkens on exposure. The wood is moderately lustrous. It is suitable for use in contact with the ground.
The wood dries slowly with high risks of distortion and checking
Moderately stable in service
Durable and resistant to fungi, dry wood borers and termites
Tali’s difficult to saw; stellite-tipped sawteeth are recommended. Finishing is generally fair, but planing may be difficult due to interlocked grain. Pre-boring is necessary for nails and screws. The gluing properties are good.
Notes : Good substitute to l’Azobe (Lophira alata)