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Botanical Name:

Metopium brownei



Other Names:

Chechem, Black Poisonwood, Caribbean Rosewood

Tree Height:

50-115 ft

Tree Diameter:

3-5 ft

Weight at 12% moisture content:

53 lbs./ft.3

Growing Regions:

Caribbean, Mexico and Central America

General Characteristics:

Chechen wood has a hearty variegation of brown and red, with a greenish tinge and a golden lush. The texture is rather fine to medium, with a variable grain.


Furniture, cabinetry, millwork, tool handles, turnery

Working Properties:

Chechen has moderate workability, but tearout may occur when machining pieces with interlocked grain patterning. The wood glues and finishes well, although considering its tendency to split, nails and screws should be pre-bored.

Suitable Substitutes:

None Mentioned


Chechen is a very attractive, often highly figured wood at a normally reasonable price. Do note, some people are highly sensitive to the green wood and Chechen’s dust can be an irritant.


“Commercial Foreign woods on the American Market” by David A. Kribs, Dover Pub. Inc. 1968, p. 9;

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