Afromosia, also called Afrormosia and African Teak (scientific name: Pericopsiselata), has a yellow-brown heartwood color, sometimes with a red or olive hue. Its sapwood is narrow, pale yellow in color and clearly distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is even, its luster is good, and its grain is usually straight but can be interlocked.

Afromosia is commonly found in west Africa. It is rated very durable for resisting decay and insect attack.

Janka Hardness :

6,980 N(1,570 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

725 kg/m3(45 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Good results can be achieved with either hand tools or machine tools. It turns well, does well with glues and stains, and finishes well. Boards with interlocking grain can suffer tear-out while surfacing. Cutting tools will become slightly blunt. Dark stains will develop if the wood in contact with iron in damp conditions.


Pricing / Availability

Because this wood is imported from Africa its sale is highly regulated and its prices are usually in the medium to high price range. It is generally available as a type of lumber in standard sizes.



This wood type has made its way onto the CITES Appendix II, as well as the IUCN’s Red List after losing more than half of its population in just the last three generations; Some of the loss is due to the natural decline of its species and some due to human exploitation.


Common Uses

Afromosia is ideally used for furniture, veneer, and flooring purposes but in certain instances it can also be used for boat-building.

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