African Padauk’s botanical name is Pterocarpus soyauxii. It has a bright orange red color, often with dark stripes. The tree has a straight, well shaped trunk which reaches 100 feet with a buttressed trunk which may be 48″ at breast height. The wood, when freshly cut is bright orange red, and slowly becomes reddish brown. Moderately hard and heavy. Medium texture, but with large pores. Saws and planes easily to a very smooth surface. Typical uses include furniture, flooring, turning, and accessories. It is found in West Africa, generally Cameroon, Gabon, Nigeria, and the Gold Coast.