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Movingui (Distemonanthus spp.)


A ribbon-figured timber obtained from the movingui tree, Distemonanthus benthamianus, native to Africa. Ayan timber ranges from the light golden to a dark yellowish brown color that appears as stripes in quarter-sawn boards. It is a close-textured wood with a straight grain and medium texture. Ayan is used for flooring, cabinetry, interior fittings, and veneer. It is naturally resistant to fungi and most borer insects.


Synonyms and Related Terms

Distemonanthus benthamianus; movingui (Fr.); ayan (Fr.); Nigerian satinwood

Other Properties

Specific gravity = 0.40-0.48 (air dry)

Density 40-48 ppcf

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
  • Gordon Hanlon, contributed information, 1998