(see Benge)

Mutenye should be avoided entirely!

Also called Shedua, Mutenye is logged from the raifnorests of central West Africa. The species is reported to be sparingly distributed throughout central West Africa, from Cameroon southward through Guinea and Congo into western Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).

The tree is reported to reach heights of 90 feet (27 m) and trunk diameters of 20 to 30 inches (50 to 76 cm). Log lengths of 60 feet (18 m) are reported, but they are often of poor form.

Mutenye is popular as a flooring wood, especially in Europe.

Wood of the Mutenye tree typically has a tannish brown background and fine black striping. But Shedua/Mutenye has a wide range of color variability from tan to very dark, almost black.