Sipo, also called Sipo Mahogany (scientific name: Entandrophragmautile), has a heartwood of moderate red-brown color. Sapwood is pale yellow and well defined. Its texture is medium, luster is moderate and grain is interlocked.

Sipois commonly found in west and central Africa. It is moderately durable to durable and said to possess some insect resistance.

Janka Hardness :

5,260 N(1,180 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

635 kg/m3(40 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

It is good with glues and turns and finishes well. Tear-out due to interlocked grain can make some machining operations such as planning and routing difficult. Direct contact with iron can cause discoloration and staining.


Pricing / Availability

It is a moderately priced hardwood considering that it is imported but it is not a readily available product in the domestic markets, at all times.



Sipo is listed as ‘vulnerable’ in the IUCN’s Red List mainly because of a one-fifth decrease in its population in just the last 3 generations, brought about by human exploitation and a natural decline in its range. It is, however, not listed in the CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

It is used in a variety of products such as in furniture, in the manufacture of boats, in flooring, as veneer as well as in the manufacture of turned wooden items.

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