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Title: Ayous  
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Subject: Central African Republic
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Triplochiton
Species: T. scleroxylon
Binomial name
Triplochiton scleroxylon
K. Schum.

Triplochiton scleroxylon is a tropical tree of Africa. The timber is known as abachi. It is known in Nigeria as obeche, in Ghana as wawa, in Cameroon as ayous, and in Ivory Coast as samba.

The wood is used by guitar makers. Fender Japan has produced limited edition guitars with the wood.[1]

It is also used in the manufacture of picture frames and mouldings as used by bespoke picture framers.

The wood is heavily exploited in its natural habitat, a harvest that is unsustainable in some areas.[2]


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