||Ayan (Distemonanthus benthamianus)
||Also known as movingue, Nigerian satinwood, barre, ayanran, bonsamdua, ejen, and okpe.
||Grows in West Africa.
||Straight to interlocked grain, sometimes wavy with fine, even texture and high luster. Lemon-yellow to yellow-brown sapwood and yellowish cream to light golden yellow heartwood.
||Moderately heavy with medium bending and crushing strength, low stiffness and shock resistance, moderate decay resistance, and very good dimensional stability.
||Can be difficult to machine due to blunting of cutting edges caused by silica in the wood. Gum build-up can also cause over heating. Pre-drilling recommended for screwing and nailing. Glues, stains, and polishes well (with grain filling).
||Used for cabinetry, window and door frames, ship fittings, flooring, and decorative veneers.