Iroko(scientific name: Miliciaexcelsa, M. regia; synonyms Chlorophoraexcelsa, C. regia), has a yellow to golden-brown heartwood. Its sapwood is pale yellow and distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is medium to coarse and has open pores and its grain is interlocked.

Iroko is commonly found in tropical Africa. It is very durable and is resistant to rot and insect attack.

Janka Hardness :

5,610 N(1,260 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

660 kg/m3(41 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Iroko is mostly easy to work with, although interlocked grain makes it prone to some tear-out during surfacing. If calcium carbonate deposits are present, they will have a significant dulling effect on cutters. It is good with glue and finishes well.


Pricing / Availability

Iroko is a moderately priced imported wood that is popularly available in the form of veneers.



Iroko is listed on the IUCN’s Red List since it has lost a fifth of its population in the last three generations due to human exploitation coupled with a natural decline in its range.


Common Uses

Iroko is primarily used as a veneer, and it is also used for cabinetry, furniture, flooring, boats, and small specialty wooden objects.

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