When Afrormosia came on the market after the Second World War, it quickly found its way into many areas because it looks like teak and has good properties. In the Red List of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Afrormosia (Pericopsis elata) was classified as "threatened". Trade has increased greatly since 1948, but it has not been sustainable. The habitat of Afrormosia has declined sharply in recent decades.
Afrormosia (Pericopsis elata) is subject to the following trade regulation: EU protection B ( CITES Appendix II ), i.e. for the import of specimens of species subject to EU protection B, a CITES export document from the country of origin or dispatch and an import permit from the respective competent nature conservation authority in the EU country are required. Import permits can only be issued if the Scientific Authority does not express any concerns about this and there is no ban on importing the species in question into the European Union. These are species that are potentially threatened with extinction and are therefore subject to controlled trade.
Trade names and other names
Abbreviation DIN EN 13556: PKEL
Botanical name: Pericopsis elata
German: Afrormosia, afrikanischer Teak, Kokrodua
English: afrormosia, afromosia, african teak
Spanish: afrormosia, assamela
Technical wood properties
Weight fresh/green: 1050 - 1200 kg/m³
Density air-dry (12-15% u): 720 - 860 kg/m³
Tensile strength: 130 N/mm²
Compressive strength: 66 - 70 N/mm²
Flexural strength: 120 - 150 N/mm²
Shear strength: 10 - 16 N/mm²
Hardness according to Brinell BII: 31 N/mm²
Hardness according to Brinell B⊥: 31 N/mm²
Differential shrinkage (radial): 0.17%
Differential shrinkage (tangential): 0.32%.
Natural durability (DIN-EN 350-2): 2, durable
Values of the technical properties of a wood species refer to a wood moisture content of u ≅12% to 15%. All data without guarantee.
The wood species Afrormosia (Pericopsis elata) comes from West Africa, mainly from Ghana, Zaire and the Ivory Coast.
Trunk and bark
The Afrormosia tree can reach a height of up to 50 metres and a diameter of up to 2 metres.
Characteristics and wood colour
The pore arrangement of Afrormosia is scattered, medium sized and tangential. A pronounced alternate twist is common. The sapwood is white, while the heartwood is brownish to olive.
Teak, Afzelia, Iroko, Oak, Sipo
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- Properties and core sizes of wood species | 1989 | Jürgen Sell / Lignum Switzerland