Cedar, African

Also known as: Guarea, Bosse

Botanical Name: Guarea cedrata, G. thompsonii

Origin: West Africa

Description: Both these species are marketed as Guarea but, correctly speaking, G. cedrata is the one known as Bosse. Pinkish-brown when freshly cut, usually darkening somewhat to a good Mahogany colour. Usually flat sliced to make an excellent substitute to Brazilian Cedar (Cigar box cedar/Cedro).  It has a distinctive and agreeable smell. Very often the timber and veneer exudes a sticky gum or resin which is plainly visible on the surface. This disappears when the veneer is pressed.