Grades by Species

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  • Latin name: Entandrophragma cylindricum
  • Common name(s): Sapeli, Sapele Mahogany, Aboudikro
  • Sources: Africa - widespread
CHARACTERISTICS Heartwood seasons to reddish or purplish brown. Grain is typically interlocked, resulting in pronounced striped effect when quarter sliced. When interlocked grain is absent, appearance can be quite plain. Pommele figure from rotary cut veneer appears as diagonal waves of varying intensity.
COMMON CUTS Plain sliced, Quarter sliced, Rotary (for Pommele figure)
USES Decorative veneer and lumber for architectural millwork and occasional cabinetry and boat interiors.
AVAILABILITY Reasonable to very good availability depending on level of specification