Iroko(scientific name: Miliciaexcelsa, M. regia; synonyms Chlorophoraexcelsa, C. regia), has a heartwood of yellow to golden/brown color. Sapwood is pale yellow and clearly distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is medium to coarse, has open pores and grain is interlocked.

Iroko is commonly found in tropical Africa. It is very durable and is resistant to rot and insect attack.

Janka Hardness :
5,610 N(1,260 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :
660 kg/m3(41 lbs/ft3)

Workability :
Mostly easy to work with, though interlocked grain makes it prone to some tear-out during surfacing. If calcium carbonate deposits are present, they will have a significant dulling effect on cutters. It is good with glue and finishes well.

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Pricing / Availability

Iroko is a moderately priced imported wood which is popularly available in the form of veneers.

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Sustainability

Iroko is listed in the IUCN’s Red List since it has lost a fifth of its population in the last 3 generations due to human exploitation coupled with a natural decline in its range.

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Common uses

Primarily used as a veneer, it is also used for cabinetry, furniture, flooring, to build boats and to make small specialty wooden objects.

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