Caribbean Rosewood

Carribean Rosewood (Metopium brownei)

 

Common Names: Chechen, Chechem, Black Poisonwood, Caribbean Rosewood

 

Distribution: Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Guatemala, Belize, Southeastern  Mexico

 

Color/Appearance: Heartwood color is red, orange and brown with darker stripes of blackish brown. Sapwood is a pale yellow.

 

Janka Hardness: 2,250 lbf

 

Density: 5.17 lb/b.f.

 

Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 3.8%

Tangential (width): 6.8%,

Volumetric (total): 10.6%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.6

 

Allergies/Toxicity: 1 The most common reactions simply include eye and skin irritation.

 

Sustainability: CITES: no, IUCN: no

 

Common Uses: Veneer, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, turned objects, specialty wood items.

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