Afromosia, also called Afrormosia and African Teak (scientific name: Pericopsiselata), has a heartwood of yellow-brown color, sometimes with a red or olive hue. Sapwood is narrow, pale yellow in color and clearly distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is even, luster is good and grain is usually straight but can be interlocked.

Afromosiais commonly found in west Africa. It is rated very durable for resisting decay and insect attack.

Janka Hardness :
6,980 N(1,570 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :
725 kg/m3(45 lbs/ft3)

Workability :
Good results can be achieved with either hand tools or machine tools. It turns well, is good with glues and stains, and finishes well. Boards with interlocking grain can suffer tear-out while surfacing. Cutting tools will become slightly blunt. Dark stains will develop if in contact with iron in damp conditions.


Pricing / Availability

This wood is imported from Africa and therefore its sale is highly regulated and its prices are usually in the medium-high price range. It is generally available as a type of lumber in standard sizes.



This wood type has made its way onto the CITES Appendix II as well as the IUCN’s Red List after losing more than half of its population in just the last 3 generations; with some of the loss being down to the natural decline of its species and some of it being down to human exploitation.


Common uses

Ideally used for furniture, veneer and flooring purposes but there are certain instances of it being used for boat-building too.



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