African Mahogany
  • Common Names:
    • African mahogany
    • Akuk
    • Bandoro
    • Benin mahogany
    • Bisselon
    • Bitehi
    • Diala iri
    • Eri Kiree
    • Khaya mahogany
    • Ogwango
    • Senegal mahogany
Environmental Profile

The environmental status of this species within its natural growth range is given as unknown because of lack of information (Source - World Conservation Monitoring Center - 1992 ).


The species is reported to be found in all the timber producing areas of West Africa, from Ivory Coast to Gabon and Cabinda, and is primarily found in the Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Nigeria. Unlike other Khaya species which do not require much rainfall, it is reported to grow in the rain forest in low-lying areas within its range.

Product Sources

Although the species makes up most of the African mahogany on the international market, it is usually sold in a mixture with other Khaya species including K. anthotheca , K. grandifoliola , and K. senegalensis. Origin of consignment can sometimes help identify specific Khaya species. This may be valuable since differences in some properties can be appreciable. Supplies in the lumber form are reported to be quite abundant, and can be found in a wide range of sizes at moderate prices. They are also available in plywood form from many lumber suppliers. African mahogany is reported to be frequently used to replace American mahogany because it is cheaper and more abundant, and can also be used for the same applications.


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