Triplochiton scleroxylon

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Triplochiton scleroxylon
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
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]


  1. ^ Fender Japan. Gibson have also used abachi recently as fretboard material for the Les Paul Jnr
  2. ^ 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.