Divida (Scorodophloeus, zenkeri)
Similiar Woods: Olive tree, Zebrawood
Trade Names: Divida, Olom, Nsigna, Ulili, Garlic Tree
Origin: Western Africa ranging from Cameroon in the north to the Congo in the south.
Uses: The wood (including the bark) has a garlic/onion smell. Used as a spice for cooking and also as a traditional medicine for the treatment of headache, cough, rheumatism and constipation. As veneer, used for decorative purposes due to the color and grain configurations.
Properties: Divida has a strong distinct garlic like smell. It's heartwood develops strong contrasting (yellow/brown) colors. Having medium density, strength and hardness, little else is known of this unexploited tree as of 2009.
Machining: Machines easily with all tools.
Seasoning: Dries well with little degrade.