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How can you know if the floors in a house you bought could be a Zebra wood? You may often wonder if what kind of wood floors a house you might have seen compared to another since there are many species of woods used for flooring.

Where does Zebra wood originate?

In the US and other European countries, houses made with wood flooring are common. Because of the extensive usage of trees used as hardwood flooring, some of the species are endangered and becoming extinct. One of them is Zebra wood. This wood originated from Mosquito Coast, part of the eastern coastline of Nicaragua and Honduras in 1700. This is also found in Brazil.

Today, supplies of this wood came from Africa from the countries of Congo, Cameroon and Gabon. Although the species that came from these countries are different from those that come from Mosquito Coast, it is still called Zebra wood.

What is its significance to ecology?

This is one of the most expensive woods used for flooring. It was even used as flooring for Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac before. Because of its popularity and attractiveness for decorative and flooring purposes, reforestation has not kept up the level of harvesting and it is labeled a status of survival since its near extinction is a high risk.

Conservation of this wood is important because it is useful to the cycle of nutrient in the soil particularly phosphorous. When Prada’s store in Manhattan uses Zebra wood and covering a large area of their flooring, environmentalists protested for their extensive use of this hardwood species.

What are its characteristics and uses?

This wood is known for its black and white stripes as a zebra looks like. But it is not necessarily white and black as other kinds have pale yellow sapwood and a dark brown to black streaks Heartwood. When cut while it is still green and wet, this wood has a foul and pungent odor.

However, when the wood dries, its odor will disappear. It is heavy and dense. It has a Janka hardness scale of 1575 with a coarse texture and interlocked grain. It is easy to cut but difficult to work due to its interlocking grain. This is very attractive for decorative wood, wood carvings veneer, turner, wall paneling and sometimes used in guitar making. Some skis are made of Zebra wood.

How is it protected?

This species is threatened in its native habitat due to its excessive extraction. Cameroon’s Coastal Forests like Atlantic Equatorial and Cross-Sanaga-Bioko support half of the 7000-8000 plants that are endemic to West Africa’s tropical regions. A national park in Cameroon has done methods of off-site ex-site conservations which is developed by foresters in Cameroon. Using this wood for flooring is one of the largest an exotic and endangered species ever used.

So, when you buy a house and find out that its floor is made of Zebra wood, consider yourself lucky to acquire that house with an exotic, expensive and beautiful hardwood floor that is endangered and nearly extinct. But if you are an environmentalist and you want to build your home with a Zebra wood floor, would you mind taking good care of it? After all, having hardwood flooring in your home is such a large investment that you might not like to just waste it away.

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