Avodire wood is harvested from a tree scientifically known as Turraeanthus africana. As the name implies, the tree is native to Africa, specifically to a wide range of territory spanning the following nations: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. The tree is particularly fond of the banks of rivers and lakes, and is most commonly associated with the eastern rainforests of Côte d’Ivoire. The tree can reach impressive heights of over 100 feet with trunk diameters ranging from 2 to 3 feet. As is common for tropical woods, Avodire has multiple common names, derived from local languages as well as European common names that are descriptive of the woods color and character. These names can include, but are not necessarily limited to: Avodire, apeya, engan, agbe, lusamba, wansenwa, African Satinwood, and African White Mahogany.