Okoume (Aucoumea klaineana)


Common Names: Okoume, Gabon


Distribution: Central Africa (primarily Gabon)


Color/Appearance: Heartwood ranges from pale pink to light brown. Color darkens with age. Narrow heartwood is grayish white, not clearly demarcated from heartwood.


Janka Hardness: 400 lbf


Density: 2.25 lb/b.f.


Allergies/Toxicity: Okoume has been reported to cause skin, eye and respiratory irritation, as well as other effects such as asthma-like symptoms, coughing and conjunctivitis (pink eye).


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: yes


Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, boatbuilding, musical instruments, furniture and interior millwork.