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Iroko

The heartwood is golden-orange to brown in color.

Lighter vessel lines are conspicuous on flat sawn surfaces. Large deposits of calcium carbonate, with darker colored surrounding material are usually present. Yellow bands of soft tissue are reported to form a zig-zag pattern on all surfaces.

Other Names
Moreira, Kambala, Abang, Odoum, Mufula, Simme, Tule, Lokotin
Physical Properties
The heartwood is golden-orange to brown in color. Lighter vessel lines are conspicuous on flat sawn surfaces. Large deposits of calcium carbonate, with darker colored surrounding material are usually present. Yellow bands of soft tissue are reported to form a zig-zag pattern on all surfaces.
Main Uses
Ship building, exterior and interior joinery, sliced veneer, interior panelling, flooring and light carpentry
Properties
Machining properties such as planing, turning, moulding, and boring are reported to be generally good but variable. The material works fairly easily with ordinary machine tools.
Other Info
Chlorophora excelsa is distributed across the width of tropical Africa. Iroko (C. excelsa ) is reported to be found prinicipally in the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo.