|Specimen collected in Kakum National Park, Ghana|
Triplochiton scleroxylon is a tree of the genus Triplochiton of the family Malvaceae. The timber is known by the common names African whitewood, abachi, obeche (in Nigeria), wawa (in Ghana), ayous (in Cameroon) and sambawawa (in Ivory Coast). The tree is the official state tree of Ekiti State, Nigeria.
The timber yielded is typically pale yellow and is moderately soft and light for a hardwood.
The timber is used in the manufacture of veneer, furniture, picture frames and mouldings. It is also used by guitar makers. Gibson and Fender Japan have used the wood to produce limited edition guitars.
The wood is exploited in its natural habitat, a harvest that is unsustainable in some areas. However, it remains classed as 'least concern' on the IUCN Red List.
- African Regional Workshop (Conservation & Sustainable Management of Trees, Zimbabwe, July 1996). 1998. Triplochiton scleroxylon. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. Downloaded on 24 July 2013.
- "Ekiti adopts 'Obeche' as state tree, plants 500,000". thehopenewspaper.com. 24 March 2022. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
- African Plant Database
- Wood Species Database: Obeche - TRADA
- Fender Japan JB75 in Ayus/Obeche - TalkBass.com
- Gibson.com - Gibson Les Paul Jr Doublecut
- African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon) - Reforet IITA