Botanical Name

Aningeria spp.

Other Common Names

Anegre, Aniegre, Aningeria, Kali, Osan, Muna


The genus is widespread in tropical Africa, particularly common in parts of East Africa.

The Tree

May reach a height of 180 feet with a clear cylindrical bole to 80 feet; trunk diameters above tall symmetrical buttresses 3 to 4 feet.


Heartwood yellowish white, pale brown, or pinkish brown, darkening slightly after exposure; sapwood not well demarcated.


Has a medium texture with closed pores similar to maple. Growth rings aren’t always well-defined, and the wood can be rather plain-looking; though certain figure is occasionally present, such as curly or mottled grain.

Working Properties

Generally reported to saw and machine well, but some species are silicious and have a blunting effect on cutters; rather difficult to finish; cuts well on rotary lathe or slicer.


It’s commonly used for plywood and interior furniture; in board form it’s used for boatbuilding, general carpentry, and other light construction uses.


Look for Anigre to be priced close to other commonly imported lumber such as Padauk or Purpleheart.