Scientific name: Pericopsis elata Van Meeuwen

Geographic origin: Africa. Included in the list of endangered species by the CITES.


  • Sapwood: light yellowish grey colour.
  • Heartwood: yellowish grey coloured, it darkens with the lights effects.
  • Fiber: straight or intertwined.
  • Grain: varies from thin to medium size.
  • &;8226; Defects: the possible tannin can cause blue spots.

Capacity of being impregnated

  • Sapwood: capable of being impregnated.
  • Heartwood: no capable of being impregnated.


  • Sawing process: powerful aspiration equipments.
  • Drying process: slow. Risk of deformations and crack formation.
  • Gluing process: no difficulties.
  • Nailing and screwing process: pre-drilling is required.
  • Finish: no difficulties.

Physical properties

  • Apparent density (12% humidity): 690kg/m3.
  • Dimensional stability:
  • Volumetric contraction coefficient 7.8% medium nervous wood.
  • Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 5.9 semi-hardwood.

Mechanical properties

  • Resistance to static flexion 1,190 kg/cm2.
  • Elasticity module 129,000 Kg/cm2.
  • Resistance to parallel compression 650 kg/cm2.


 It is the african wood which is more similar to asian Teak.
Attention, very important: It is a specie protected by the CITES agreement. It is contained in the Annex II. Thus, a permission for exportation or a re-exportation certificate is required.
Such document must be demanded at the time of purchasing.