Militia Excels Syn. Chlorophora Excelsa
Moraceae - The Mulberry Family
Abang, African Oak, African Teak, Kambala, Lusanga, Mandji, Mokongo, Molundu, Moreira, Mvule, Mvuli, Nigerian Teak, Odum, Oroko, Osan, Rokko, Semli, Tule Moreira, Tule Mufala
Both Interior and Exterior
Exterior Trim, Flooring, Moulding, Millwork, Shipbuilding
Most Iroko comes from Ivory Coast or Cameroon, but generally is available in most African countries.
The sapwood is typically a pale brown, and the heartwood can vary in color from a light golden-brown to a dark brown. There can be dark spots/steaks, these are calcium carbonate deposits. The grain is interlocked and has a fine and even texture.
Iroko is similar in appearance and strength to Teak. The wood is also considered easier to work the Teak, however carbide tooling is still needed. Some pieces contain calcium carbonate deposits, which look and feel like stone, and can severally blunt tooling.