Koto (Pterygota macrocarpa)


Common names: Koto, Anatolia, African Pterygota


Distribution : West Africa


Color/appearance : Pale yellow heartwood; little color variation from sapwood to heartwood. Quartersawn surfaces can exhibit ray fleck. Steamed or dyed veneer is not uncommon.


Janka hardness: 940 lbf


Density: 3.08 lbf


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 5.1%

Tangential (width): 10.6%,

Volumetric (total): 15%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 2.1


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Koto has been reported to cause skin irritation.


Sustainability: CITES: No, IUCN: Yes


Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, and furniture

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