Potential for utilization of Borsassus aethiopum (fan palm) in construction in Ghana

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 17:14

Borassus aethiopum is a non-timber tree which grows in the transitional and savanna zone of Ghana and the sub-region. Its superior strength properties and level of present utilization call for its promotion for several applications in construction.

This paper discusses the tree and its distribution, its strength and woodworking characteristics as well as the present areas of utilization and problems encountered in its use due to its extreme hardness. It also puts up a case for further research and promotion of the Borassus aethiopum wood.

Responsible party
Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
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