Guibourtia

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Guibourtia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Tribe: Detarieae
Genus: Guibourtia
Benn.
Species

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Guibourtia is a flowering plant genus in the family Fabaceae (legume family). It contains 16 species, native to tropical regions of Africa (13 species) and South America (3 species).[1] They occur in swampy or periodically inundated forests, as well as near rivers or at lakeshores.

They are evergreen trees growing to 40–50 m tall, with a trunk diameter of 1–2 m, often with a heavily buttressed trunk.[2]

Species[edit]

Africa
South America

Source:[1]

Uses[edit]

The genus is well known for its luxury timbers. The best-known timber is bubinga (Guibourtia demeusei, aka kevazingo). Another is ovangkol. Species of Guibourtia also produce Congo copal.

The wood is often used by luthiers for harps and other instruments, such as bass guitars, because of its mellow and well-rounded sound. Warwick Bass and Ibanez are known to use Bubinga and Ovangkol. It has been used in drum shells as well. Drum companies such as Tama offer various high-end drum kits with plies of Bubinga in the shells.[4] Crafter also use bubinga on some of their instruments.[5] Bubinga is also used in both acoustic and electric guitars for its figure and hardness.

Bubinga is also used in high-end furniture, especially by contemporary Arts and Craft artists. Bubinga comes in various grain patterns, with rare patterns bringing top dollar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b International Legume Database & Information Service: Guibourtia
  2. ^ Translated from the German Wikipedia article Guibourtia
  3. ^ GRIN: Guibourtia chodatiana
  4. ^ Tama Bubinga Drums
  5. ^ "Crafter M-85E/AM Mandolin w/bag, Bubinga top, South Europe". Craftereurope.com. 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2011-01-12.