The TreeA large tree (except in Nigeria), it reaches a height of 45m and a diameter of 1.2m or slightly more.
The TimberSapwood small, about 12mm wide, slightly lighter in colour than the brownish heartwood. When first cut the heartwood is yellowish-brown, darkening on exposure to a pleasing brownish-yellow, somewhat resembling teak, but with a finer texture, and lacking the oily nature of teak. The grain is straight to interlocked, and the wood weighs about 710 kg/m3 when dried.
DryingDries rather slowly, with little degrade.
StrengthAfrormosia is superior to teak in most of its mechanical properties and is very similar to home grown beech, except in resistance to compression where it is about 20 per cent stronger.
Working QualitiesMedium - The wood works well with only a slight tendency to pick up, but a cutting angle of 200 usually produces a good finish. It can be glued and polished satisfactorily, but tends to split when nailed.
Latin NamePericopsis elata
Also known asKokrodua (Ghana, Ivory Coast), assamela (Ivory Coast)
TreatabilityExtremely difficult. Easy (Sapwood)
TextureFine to medium
OriginIvory Coast, Ghana, Zaire, Nigeria