Botanical Name: Milicia excelsa, M. regia (syn. Chlorophora excelsa, C. regia)
Species Type: Hardwood
Origin: Tropical Africa
A large tropical western African tree of the mulberry family having strong streaky insect-resistant wood which is often used as a teak substitute. The heartwood is usually a yellow to golden or medium brown, with color tending to darken over time.
It is a very durable wood; iroko does not require regular treatment with oil or varnish when used outdoors. Although it is almost as durable as teak, it does not have the same stability.
The tree is feared in some cultures where it originates and hence is shunned or revered with offerings.
Uses of Iroko
• Boat building
• Turned items
• Speciality wood items