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Abachi’s heartwood is white to cream-yellow, colouring to golden-yellow when exposed to light. There is no clear difference between the sapwood and heartwood. The colour and the quality of Abachi can vary somewhat depending on its origin. When wet and freshly cut, the smell of the Abachi can resemble sweaty socks which can be perceived as unpleasant when used in an interior setting in a warmer climate.

Properties of this timber species


  • Botanical name: Triplochiton scleroxylon
  • ATIBT name: Obeche
  • Other names: Ayous, Wawa, Samba


  • Used in situations where a light, easily worked wood is needed
  • Furniture components, wall and ceiling panelling, coachbuilding (including caravans), plywood, etc.


  • Resistance to fungi: class 5 (not durable)
  • Resistance to insects: Termites and Lyctus class G (sapwood susceptible to damage)


  • (370)-390-(450) kg/m3 at 12% moisture content
  • Fresh approx. 560 kg/m3

source: Houtvademecum © 2010 Centrum Hout Almere, 10e herziene druk

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