Afrormosia

Afrormosia

Afrormosia

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Durability

Density in kg/m3

Afrormosia

The Tree
A large tree (except in Nigeria), it reaches a height of 45m and a diameter of 1.2m or slightly more.

The Timber
Sapwood 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.

Drying
Dries rather slowly, with little degrade.

Strength
Afrormosia 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 Qualities
Medium - 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 Name
Pericopsis elata

Also known as
Kokrodua (Ghana, Ivory Coast), assamela (Ivory Coast)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Extremely difficult. Easy (Sapwood)

Moisture
Small

Texture
Fine to medium

Origin
Ivory Coast, Ghana, Zaire, Nigeria