|BOTANICAL NAME||Chlorophora excelsa, Chlorophora regia|
C.excelsa has a wide distribution in tropical Africa, from Sierra Leone in the west, to Tanzania in the east. C.regia is confined to West Africa, where it occurs from Senegal to Ghana. There does not appear to be any significant difference between the timber of the two species.
The timber dries well and fairly rapidly, with only a slight tendency to distortion and splitting
FSC & 3rd Party COC
14% - 18% (+/- 2%)
West & Central Africa
Iroko has excellent strength properties, comparing with teak, though weaker in bending and in compression along the grain
KD Under Cover
Medium to difficult - Iroko works fairly well with most tools, though with some dulling effect on their cutting edges, especially when calcareous deposits are prevalent. On quarter-sawn stock, there is a tendency for the grain to pick up due to interlocked grain, and a reduction of cutting angle to 15 degrees is usually necessary to obtain a smooth surface. An excellent finish can be obtained if the grain is filled. It takes nails and screws well, and can be glues satisfactorily.