Iroko (Milicia excelsa)

Iroko Wood Details (Know Your Wood)

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is usually a yellow to golden or medium brown, with color tending to darken over time. Pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.

Workability: Generally easy to work, with the exception of its interlocked grain, which may cause some tearout during surfacing operations. Also, deposits of calcium carbonate are sometimes present, which can have a significant dulling effect on cutters. Iroko glues and finishes well.

Grain/Texture: Iroko has a medium to coarse texture, with open pores and an interlocked grain.

Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; large pores in no specific arrangement; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; tyloses common; growth rings indistinct; rays visible without lens; parenchyma banded, paratracheal parenchyma vasicentric, aliform (winged and lozenge), and confluent.

Rot Resistance: Iroko is very durable, and is resistant to both rot and insect attack; it’s sometimes used as a substitute for Teak.

Common Uses: Veneer, flooring, furniture, cabinetry, boatbuilding, turned items, and other small specialty wood items.

Comments: Given the high prices of genuine Teak, Iroko could be considered a low-cost alternative. The wood is stable, durable, and has an overall look that somewhat resembles Teak.

Iroko (Milicia excelsa): Available in Logs/Customised Form

Product Details

Common Name(s):Iroko

Scientific Name:Milicia excelsa, M. regia(syn.Chlorophora excelsa, etc)

Distribution:Tropical Africa

Tree Size:100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter

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

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC):.55, .66

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

Modulus of Rupture:12,700 lbf/in2 (87.6 MPa)

Elastic Modulus:1,360,000 lbf/in2 (9.38 GPa)

Crushing Strength:7,840 lbf/in2 (54.0 MPa)

Shrinkage:Radial: 2.8%, Tangential: 3.8%,

Volumetric: 8.8%, T/R Ratio: 1.4

Shipping Details

  • Available in Logs/Swan Boules/Lumber/Customised Form

  • Loading Port; Douala/Mombassa

  • Avg Lengh : – Around 12 Meter Max. (if loading is in containers)

  • One Container we can load around 19 to 22CBM.

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