Koto

Koto

Colour

Durability

Density in kg/m3

The Tree
A medium sized, fairly slender tree above the rather heavy butresses. If grows to a height of 23m to 30m with a diameter of 0.5m to 0.75m. P.bequaertii has a density of 670kg/m3 and P.macrocarpa has a density of 580kg/m3.

The Timber
There is no distinction between the sapwood and heartwood and the timber is cream in colour, sometimes with a greyish tint. The texture is coarse and the grain interlocked.

Drying
Needs to be dried quickly after conversion in order to avoid fungal staining. Although it dries rapidly, it has a tendency for surface checking to occur.

Strength
Similar to European ash in most strength properties, but is inferior to that wood in hardness, toughness and especially splitting.

Latin Name
Pterygota bequaertii, Pterygota macrocarpa

Also known as
Kefe (Nigeria), Awari (Ghana)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Easy

Moisture
Medium

Texture
Coarse interlocked grain

Origin
Nigeria, Cameroon