Common Name:Koto
Scientific Name:Pterygota macrocarpa
Distribution:West Africa
Tree Size:65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, 2-4 ft (.6-1.2 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight:37 lbs/ft3 (595 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness:940 lbf (4,200 N)
General Description
Heartwood pale yellow and there is a slight color variation from sapwood (cream white or light yellow) to heartwood. It has a poor resistance to insect hence, described as non-durable. Steamed or dyed veneer is very common.
Straight to slightly interlocked grain and texture is moderately coarse.
Market Value and usage
Generally available as veneer, prices are in the mid-range for an imported hardwood. Popularly useful as veneer, plywood, and furniture.
Good working characteristics, though tear-out can result on pieces that have interlocked grain. Glues, stains, and finishes well.
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