Kosso originates from West and Central Africa. It is considered one of the prized “hongmu” species by the Chinese, which has resulted in its over-exploitation over the years. It is closely related to other Pterocarpus species and looks quite similar to Kiaat (Pterocarpus angolensis).
Sustainability: This wood species was added to CITES appendix II in January 2017. With no CITES annotation on the listing, in addition to the raw wood, this restriction also extends to finished products made of Kosso wood.
Common Uses: Veneers, furniture, specialty items.
Comments: Beautiful grain patterns and reddish brown color variations.