A lightweight timber from the African whitewood tree, Triplochiton scleroxylon. Ayous, commonly called obeche, has a cream color wood with a straight to interlocking grain that produces a ribbon figure on the radial surface. Obeche has a medium texture and is easy to work. It is used for furniture.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Triplochiton scleroxylon; obeche; African whitewood; samba; wawa
Specific gravity = 0.36-40 (air dry)
Hazards and Safety
Slightly toxic by inhalation and moderately toxic by ingestion. Finished wood and sawdust may cause skin allergies.
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