Ebony

Description
This is dense black heartwood (non-living inner part of a tree trunk that yields the hardest timber) of a tree and is grown in many countries like Madagascar, Mauritus, Sri Lanka, West and East Indies, etc. Heartwood is also called duramen and its cells usually contain tannins or other substances that make it dark in colour and sometimes aromatic. Heartwood is mechanically strong, resistant to decay. Not easily penetrated by wood-preservative chemicals compared to other types of wood. Rated as very durable and resistant to termites and insects. Uses: Handles, inlay, accessories, veneers and musical instruments. Is valuable as ornamental wood. A valuable commodity, hence tally should be carefully counted for in and out. 
Trade Names (Synonyms)
Gaboon Ebony, African Ebony, Black Ebony, Mgiriti, Msindi, Omernowa, Kanran, Nyareti, Kukuo, Gaboon

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