COUNTRIES OF DISTRIBUTION: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast & Nigeria
ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE: Secure in most areas of its range. Vulnerable in Cameroon and the Ivory Coast.
HEARTWOOD COLOUR: Red-brown to purple-brown colour.
SAPWOOD COLOUR: Paler than heartwood. Well-defined, yellow-white, pinkish to light brown.
WORKING PROPERTIES: Fairly difficult to work with hand tools. Machines well, bores, carves, glues, screws, turns and sands easily. A reduced cutting angle is recommended when moulding and planing as Sapele tends to tear when interlocked grain is present. Painting, polishing and staining yields good results.