Ayous or Samba

Scientific name: Triplochiton scleroxylon K. Schum

Other names: English: Samba, Ayous, Obeche, Abachi s

Geographic origin: West  and central Africa.


&;8226; Sapwood and heartwood: from white to light yellowish white.
&;8226; Fiber: straight, occasionally slightly intertwined.
&;8226; Grain: medium size to rough .

Ayous or Samba


&;8226; Interior furniture.
&;8226; Interior carpentry, doors, paneling, molding, baseboad, friezes.
&;8226; Frames.
&;8226; Plywood board.
&;8226; Packaging.

Capacity of being impregnated

Low capacity of being impregnated.


&;8226; Sawing process: no difficulties.
&;8226; Drying process: fast and easy. Very low risk of deformation and crack formation.
&;8226; Planing process: no difficulties.
&;8226; Gluing process: no difficulties
&;8226; Nailing and screwing process: no difficulties.
&;8226; Finish: no difficulties.

Physical properties

&;8226; Apparent density at 12% humidity 380 kg/m3 light wood.
&;8226; Dimensional stability
- Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.33 % highly stable wood.
- Relation between contractions 1.73% no tendency to deformity.
&;8226; Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 1.2 softwood.

Ayous or Samba

Mechanical properties

&;8226; Resistance to static flexion 620 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Elasticity module 59,500 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Resistance to compression 285 kg/cm2.
&;8226; Resistance to parallel traction 480 kg/cm2 .

Ayous or Samba