Iroko, is semi-hard, highly stable to temperature and humidity changes wood, originating from mid-west Africa. Its density is lower than other tropical species of wood, but it has great stability under normal circumstances of use, it has long lifetime duration and its resistance to fungi and insects is quite satisfactory.
It is usually applied on floors, in shipbuilding, in exterior constructions and in wooden casing. Due to its mechanical properties it can successfully replace Teak in marine and port constructions, yet it can be used in internal ship constructions thanks to its appearance. It is rich in chlorophyllin extracts, the presence of which sometimes makes it difficult to retain some kinds of paints and varnishes.
Its color is pale brown-yellow when it is fresh, yet with exposure to environmental conditions makes it darker and browner.