One of the lesser-known tropical hardwoods is the African Niové wood. But just because this wood species is less well known, it certainly doesn't mean that it is worse. Quite the contrary.
Niové is a very durable wood species and is in durability class II. This is because it is fairly hard and has little deformation during the drying process. The wood is easy to work, although pre-drilling is recommended to prevent cracking. It is also very easy to plane, and sometimes a white powder can appear. This can simply be wiped off with a wet cloth.
Niové has a freshly cut orange-brown color and a slight pepper scent, while it will turn reddish-brown after dark. Niové wood is available as a decking board and as an underlying beam for your construction.