||Iroko (Clorophora excelsa)
||Also known as kambala, mvule, odum, intule, and tule.
||Grows in southern half of Africa.
||Interlocked grain and moderately coarse texture. Light to dark brown heartwood demarcated from paler brown sapwood. Often has hard deposits of calcium carbonate embedded in grain.
||Medium hardness, weight, bending and crushing strength, very low stiffness and shock resistance, moderate steam bending, high decay resistance (heartwood), and good stability.
||Works well in general but boards with “stone” deposits have abrasive effect on cutting edges. Good gluing, nailing and screwing properties. Polishes to a high finish but filling typically required.
||Often used as a substitute for teak and valued for upper-scale interior/exterior joinery, counter and table tops, carving, and turnery. Also used for window frames, sills, doors, ship building, cabinets, garden and park benches, plywood and veneer.