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Avodire Wood (Turraeanthus africanus)

Turraeanthus africana is a species of plant in the family Meliaceae. This Specie Can be produced and shipped in Saw logs, Peeled Logs, Square edged timber, Round edged timber, Flooring boards, Finishing boards, Unedged boards, Square logs, Decking boards, Parquet floors, Floor planks, Wall coverings(Veneers Sheets), Plywood, Roof coverings, Rattan, Sleepers, Polls and proprietary grade hardwood products of both finish and unfinished.

Available In Logs, FAS AD & KD Sawn Timber, Veneer Sheets ETC Buy Now
Available In Logs, FAS AD & KD Sawn Timber, Veneer Sheets ETC Buy Now
Available In Logs, FAS AD & KD Sawn Timber, Veneer Sheets ETC Buy Now

Avodire Wood Specie

  • Common Name(s): - Avodire
  • Scientific Name: - Turraeanthus africanus
  • Distribution: - Central & West Africa near lakes and streams
  • Tree Size: - 80-115 ft (25-35 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1.0 m) trunk diameter
  • Average Dried Weight: - 36 lbs/ft3 (575 kg/m3)
  • Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): - .48, .58
  • Janka Hardness: - 1,170 lbf (5,180 N)
  • Modulus of Rupture: - 15,400 lbf/in2 (106.2 MPa)
  • Elastic Modulus: - 1,614,000 lbf/in2 (11.13 GPa)
  • Crushing Strength: - 7,490 lbf/in2 (51.7 MPa)
  • Shrinkage: - Radial: 4.2%, Tangential: 6.6%, Volumetric: 11.3%, T/R Ratio: 1.6
  • Availability: - Highly Available
  • Restrictions: - No


  • Color/Appearance: - Pale yellow or cream, darkening with age to golden yellow. Heartwood and sapwood usually look the same.
  • Grain/Texture: - Grain can be straight, wavy, or irregular and interlocked. Texture is fine, with a high natural luster.
  • Endgrain: - Diffuse-porous; medium pores in no specific arrangement; solitary and commonly in radial multiples of 2-3, few; yellowish deposits in heartwood pores common; growth rings indistinct; rays visible without lens; parenchyma vasicentric.
  • Rot Resistance: - Avodire is non-durable in regards to decay resistance, and is susceptible to insect attack.
  • Workability: - Avodire is generally regarded as having good working characteristics, and is easy to work with hand or machine tools: though wood with interlocked grain can pose a challenge with tearout while being planed. The wood also has a slight blunting effect on tool cutters. Avodire glues and finishes well.
  • Odor: - No characteristic odor.
  • Allergies/Toxicity: - Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Avodire has been reported to cause skin irritation, nosebleeds, internal bleeding, and asthma-like symptoms.
  • Pricing/Availability: - Avodire is commonly sold as a veneer for a moderate price, though boards are also available. Avodire lumber is likely to be in the medium price range for an imported hardwood, comparing similarly to other mid-range African timbers such as Padauk. Veneer or solid lumber with highly figured grain is likely to be much more expensive.
  • Sustainability: - This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is on the IUCN Red List. It is listed as vulnerable due to a population reduction of over 20% in the past three generations, caused by a decline in its natural range, and exploitation.
  • Common Uses: - Veneer, cabinetry, furniture, millwork, and plywood.
  • Comments: - Avodire can exhibit a range of grain patterns, such as wavy, mottled, and rippled, with an almost-shimmering chatoyance, making it a popular choice for veneering applications. The wood is stable, and has a very good strength-to-weight ratio. Avodire is similar in working properties to the true Mahoganies, and is somewhat related to them as both are in the Meliaceae family.
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