Okoume (Aucoumea klaineana)


Common Names: Okoume, Gabon


Distribution: Central Africa (primarily Gabon)


Color/Appearance: Heartwood ranges from pale pink to light brown. Color darkens with age. Narrow heartwood is grayish white, not clearly demarcated from heartwood.


Janka Hardness: 400 lbf


Density: 2.25 lb/b.f.


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 4.6%

Tangential (width): 7.1%,

Volumetric (total): 12.2%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.5


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Okoume has been reported to cause skin, eye and respiratory irritation, as well as other effects such as asthma-like symptoms, coughing and conjunctivitis (pink eye).


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: yes


Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, boatbuilding, musical instruments, furniture and interior millwork.


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