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Iroko/Kambala Species Details   (Back to Species List)

Detailed information pertaining to Iroko/Kambala (Chloraphora, excelsa) is detailed below:

Specie Names
Lumber Name(s): Iroko/Kambala.
Grown in: West Africa.
Iroko / Kambala is an open pored wood which has been used in the past for a teak substitute. As it ages it is similar in color to teak.
Color Range and Color Change
Color Range: Iroko/Kambala exhibits a medium range of color variation once it has fully aged. As it ages from fresh cut to fully aged, it will vary greatly in color.
Color Change: Iroko/Kambala exhibits an extreme degree of color change with pronounced darkening from a bright gold color when freshly milled to a medium brown color once fully oxidized.
Where to Use
Iroko/Kambala may be used residentially wherever the look of a tan/brown colored wood with unique graining is desired.
Special Characteristics and Issues
Allergic Reactions: Iroko/Kambala is known to cause both contact dermatitis and respiratory reactions when coming into contact with the dust. Care must be taken when cutting or sanding this wood.
Product availability
This species is currently not available in any collections.
Hardness Chart
Hardness Chart for Iroko/Kambala.
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