Latin Name: Triplochiton scleroxylon
Family: Sterculiaceae - the Stericulia or Cacao famil
Other Common Name(s): Abachi, African Maple, African Primavera, African Whitewood, Arare, Arere, Ayous, Ayus, Bush Maple, M'bado, Okpo, Samba, Samba Ou Ayous, Soft Satinwood, Wawa
Suitable for Exterior/Interior Use
Interior Use Only
Cabinets, Furniture, Interior Trim, Mouldings, Millwork
The tree grows in West Africa, especially Nigeria, Ghana, and Ivory Coast.
General Description: Obeche is nearly white to pale straw color with very little distinction between heartwood and sapwood. The grain is interlocked, with a coarse to fine but even texture.
Price Range ($ least expensive, $$$$$ most expensive):
Weight (lbs/BF): 2.1
Specific Gravity: 0.32-0.38
Modulus of Rupture (psi): 5,100-7,400
Modulus of Elasticity (1,000 psi): 720-860
Side Hardness (lbs): 430
While it accepts nails and screws easily, they hold poorly. Gluing is reports to be a better option for jointed work. It is often used as a substitute for Basswood, Eastern Pines, or Poplar. The wood should not be used where strength is critical.
Not currently in stock, but please contact us to inquire about availability.