English name: Okoume
Latin name: Aucoumea klaineana
Other name(s): Gabon
Features: Heartwood ranges from a pale pink to light brown. Color darkens with age. Narrow heartwood is grayish white, not clearly demarcated from heartwood.
Trees and distribution: Large trees, up to 30m, more than 1.8m in diameter, distributed in Central Africa (primarily Gabon).
Material: Grain is straight to wavy or slightly interlocked. Texture is medium, with good natural luster.Rated as non-durable; poor insect resistance. High silica content has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters. Planing and shaping may produce tearout or fuzzy surfaces. Glues and finishes well. No characteristic odor.
Applications: Veneer, plywood, boatbuilding, musical instruments, furniture, and interior millwork.