Machiche

 

Machiche

 

Other Common Names: 
Partridgewood, Cabbage Bark

Botanical Name: 
 Lonchocarpus castilloi

Family: 
Leguminosae

Mature Tree Height, Diameter: 
90-120 ft , 2 ft

Weight @ 12% M/C: 
45-60 lbs./ft.3

Working Properties: 
Saws and works fairly well, difficult to plane,
works well in lathe, glues satisfactorily, polishes
and varnishes well after filling.

Growing Regions: 
Caribbean, southern Mexico to northern South America and Brazil

General Characteristics: 
Yellowish brown to dark reddish brown heartwood,
distinctive figure from light colored parenchyma.
Low luster, texture very coarse, grain moderately irregular.

Uses: 
Heavy construction, crossties, house framing exterior siding,
turnery, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, veneer.

Acceptable Substitutes: 
Billy Webb, Granadillo, Chechen

References: 
"Tropical Timbers of the World", USDA Handbook #607, Sept. 1984, p. 17

Discussion: 
A very common dark, hard wood also very attractive.
Sometimes called "Brazilian Cherry". Makes excellent flooring.