Afromosia - rare and sought after

Afromosia is one of the tropical woods that are extremely rare. The reason for this is the massive trade since the Second World War, at the same time lack of sustainable management. Today Afromosia is only in small quantities in the trade, and therefore all the more popular. Find out what makes this wood so special here.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
densityabout 0.65 g / cm³
Compressive strength60 - 71 N / mm²
flexural strength118 - 140 N / mm²

Other names

Like most African woods, Afromosia is known by many different names. The most important are:

  • Assamela
  • Kokrodua
  • ayin
  • EGBI



The surface is very fine and only slightly structured. Medium-sized, scattered pores and a very fine banding through the rays of wood are recognizable.


The heartwood can be greenish-brown to olive-colored, but still darkens under the influence of light. Color stripes are possible. The sapwood is white to light gray.


Afromosia is very hard, very dense and fine-grained. However, the load-bearing capacity of the wood is only in the middle range, particularly high pressure resistance. The processability of Afromosia is good.

Shrinkage and drying

Afromosia shrinks only a little, the drying takes a long time, as with many very dense types of wood.


Afromosia is (like teak) very resistant to aging and permanent. It is also highly resistant to fungal and insect infestation and therefore very well suited for outdoor use.


Because of its similar appearance and similar characteristics (especially durability and durability), Afromosia is often used as a substitute for teak. In addition, it is also - where available - used in outdoor, in furniture, in door and window construction and for stairs, in hydraulic engineering and for carpentry.


Afromosia comes mainly from Ghana, but also from some other African countries.


Despite the import restrictions and the relative rarity of the timber, the prices for lumber are only about 1.900 - 2.500 EUR per m³. The availability may be limited.

Here you will find an overview of the most important types of wood worldwide. An overview of the most important tropical wood species, such as Afromosia, can be found here

Tips & Tricks

Currently, each timber merchant needs a special permit for the importation of Afromosia (EU B) and an export license from the country of origin. Legal imports are therefore low, which is why only very small quantities of this wood are usually available.

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