African Mahogany (scientific name: Khayaanthotheca, K. grandifoliola, K. ivorensis, K. senegalensis), has heartwood that can range from pale pink to deep red in color, occasionally with red-brown streaks. Quarter cut/sawn wood may show ribbon-stripes. Its texture is medium to coarse, luster is good and grain is interlocked. The wood demonstrates the chatoyancy optical phenomenon, a typical of light refraction.

African Mahoganyis commonly found in west tropical Africa. It is moderately durable and has poor resistance to insect attack.

Janka Hardness :
4,760 N(1,070 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :
640 kg/m3(40 lbs/ft3)

Workability :
It is easy to work with, glue and finish. If grain is interlocked it can suffer from tear-out.


Pricing / Availability

This imported wood type is a popular choice since it is relatively affordable as well available in ample quantity and variants; especially in terms of its size.



African Mahogany is listed in the IUCN’s Red List mainly because of a one-fifth decrease in its population in just the last 3 generations brought about by human exploitation and a natural decline in its range. It is, however, not listed in the CITES Appendices.


Common uses

Used for both decorative purposes, such as in interior trims and as veneers or for construction purposes such as to build boats, in furniture and as plywood.




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