African Mahogany

African Mahogany

African mahogany (scientific name: Khayaanthotheca, K. grandifoliola, K. ivorensis, K. senegalensis) has heartwood that can range from pale pink to deep red, occasionally with red-brown streaks. Quarter cut/sawn wood may show ribbon-stripes. Its texture is medium to coarse, its luster is good, and its grain is interlocked. The wood demonstrates the chatoyancy optical phenomenon, a type of light refraction.

African mahoganyis commonly found in western tropical Africa. It is moderately durable and has poor resistance to insect attack.

Janka Hardness :

4,760 N(1,070 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

640 kg/m3(40 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

It is easy to work with, glue and finish. Interlocked grain may result in from tear-out.


Pricing / Availability

This imported wood type is a popular choice since it is relatively affordable and available in ample quantity and variants, especially in terms of its size.



African mahogany is listed in the IUCN’s Red List mainly because of a one-fifth decrease in its population in just the last three generations brought about by human exploitation and a natural decline in its range. It is, however, not listed in the CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

African mahogany is used for both decorative purposes, such as interior trims and veneers, and construction purposes, such as boats, furniture, and plywood.

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