The color of limba is either uniformly creamy pale yellow
or grayish-brown with irregular streaks of dark brown or black. The sapwood
is not distinct from the heartwood. The texture is moderately coarse. The
odor is mild. The luster is high and satiny, and the grain is straight to
irregular or interlocked. Splinters
can cause skin inflammation.
Limba is easily worked with hand and machine tools. It has a tendency to split in nailing or screwing operations. It takes stain readily and polishes well after
filling. Its gluing properties are satisfactory. The veneering characteristics are very good.
Limba is used for light construction work, interior cabinetry, simulated traditional furniture, plywood and decorative moldings. The figured dark-colored heartwood
is quite attractive for decorative plywood paneling.