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Iroko (Chlorophora excelsa)


A wood produced from the Chlorophor excelsa tree native to Africa. Iroko is a medium weight wood with an open-grain texture. The color is a brown with yellow streaks. Iroko has been used for structures, ship building, cabinets, and furniture.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Chlorophor excelsa; mvule; African teak; iroko (Fr.); cmbala (Port.)

Density 41 ppcf

Hazards and Safety

Susceptible to wood borers.

Skin contact may cause irritation.


  • F. H. Titmuss, F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965 Comment: 41 ppcf
  • Michael McCann, Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: density=61 ppcf (0.98 g/cm3)

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