The TreeThis is a slender tree attaining a height of more than 30m but seldom more than 0.75m diameter. The bole is straight, cylindrical and free from buttresses.
The TimberThe pale yellow sapwood is narrow and not clearly defined: the heartwood is pale to bright yellow to yellow-brown. The texture is fine although the grain is often interlocked, sometimes wavy and the wood has a very lustrous surface. This is a moderately hard, heavy timber.
DryingDries fairly well with little tendency to split and warp.
StrengthGood strength properties, especially in compression along the grain and in bending.
Working QualitiesMedium - Works well with a tendency to pick up when planing quarter-sawn stock, due to the interlocked grain. It nails and screws fairly well and finishes excellently.
Latin NameDistemonanthus benthamianus
Also known asAyan (benin, Ghana, UK, Nigeria), Bonsamdua (Ghana)
OriginWest Africa, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Zaire.