The alternating light and dark stripes of Zebrano wood makes its name seem quite appropriate. The authentic products are generally recognised as those that come from trees in the Microberlinia family. These are found near riverbanks in the African countries of Gabon and Cameroon. This wood may also be called Zebrano, African zebrawood, and Zingana.

It comes from trees that can grow up to 150 feet tall (45.7 m) with trunks that can be 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 m) in diameter. They tend to have thick bark and produce heavy, hard wood with a coarse texture. These trees are resistant to termites and many other species of insects.