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Wood of the tree belonging to the genus Chlorophora, native to the west coast of Africa. It is sometime called African or Nigerian teak, but is unrelated to the teak family. It is often used as a substitute for teak and in ship building, joinery, benches and flooring.


African teak

Nigerian teak

iroko wood

Chlorophora excelsa

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