Common Name(s)
Chechen, Chechem, Black Poisonwood, Caribbean Rosewood
Scientific Name
Metopium brownei
Tree Distribution
Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Guatemala, Belize, and southeastern Mexico
Tree Size
50-115 ft (15-35 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter
Janka Hardness
2250 lbf
Heartwood color is highly varied, with red, orange, and brown contrasted with darker stripes of blackish brown. Color tends to shift to a darker reddish brown with age. Well defined sapwood is a pale yellow.
Grain / Texture
Grain is usually straight, but may be wild or interlocked. With a uniform medium to fine texture and good natural luster.
Pricing / Availability
Generally available as lumber, though turning blanks and thin craft lumber is also sold. Chechen is touted as a low-cost substitute for more expensive tropical woods, and prices should be moderate for an imported hardwood.

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