Scientific name: Triplochiton scleroxylon
Samba, also referred to as Wawa and Ayous depending on which country it is grown in tropical West Africa, has a white cream heartwood with a striped figure, interlocked grain. The sapwood is almost indifferentiable from the heartwood.
Samba is very easily worked with both hand and machine tools. Can have rough surface after machining due to interlocked grain. It also veneers very easily, and has good gluing and nailing properties.
Both heartwood and sapwood are susceptible to insect attack, termites and decay.