CHARACTERISATION OF STEM AND BRANCH WOOD OF NESOGORDONIA PAPAVERIFERA AND HOLARRHENA FLORIBUNDA SPECIES FOR STRUCTURAL APPLICATIONS

•Nesogordonia papaverifera is an evergreen

    tree on base-rich soils and comes from the

    family sterculiaceae with trade name

    danta (Hall & Swaine, 1981).

•Holarrhena floribunda (“sese”) comes

    from a family Apocynaceae

    (Hall & Swaine, 1981).

•These species are among the important

    commercial tropical timber species in Ghana  

    (TIDD, 2017).

Problem and justification of the study

•Branch is an important wood resource with many applications. It  represents  between 25-32% of the total wood volume (Hilton, 2001).
•But there is the neglect of the use of branchwood  for structural applications due to unknown branch characteristics of most wood species.
•Little is known from literature, about the bio-chemical and mechanical properties across the components and tissues of N. papaverifera and H. floribunda.
Type of Work: 
Thesis
Stage: 
Ongoing