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Botanical Name:

Lonchocarpus castilloi



Other Names:

Partridgewood, Cabbage Bark

Tree Height:

90-120 ft

Tree Diameter:

2 ft

Weight at 12% moisture content:

45-60 lbs./ft.3

Growing Regions:

Caribbean, southern Mexico to northern South America and Brazil

General Characteristics:

Machiche wood boasts a yellowish-brown to dark reddish-brown coloration with distinctive figure from light colored parenchyma. Texturally, machiche is very coarse, with a moderately irregular grain and low luster.


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

Working Properties:

Machiche saws and works fairly well. Utilizing a lathe works well with machiche, but planing is difficult. Expect a satisfactory gluing as well as a satisfactory polish and varnish after filling.

Suitable Substitutes:

Billy Webb, Granadillo, Chechen


This wood, sometimes called “Brazilian Cherry” makes excellent flooring.


“Tropical Timbers of the World”, USDA Handbook #607, Sept. 1984, p. 17

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