Chechen - Metopium brownei

Janka Hardness = 2,250

Photosensitivity = No

Brenco Exotic Woods, when the ordinary will not do!!!

Scientific Name = Metopium brownei
Trade Name = Caribbean Rosewood
Family Name = Anacardiaceae
Synonyms = Terebinthus brownei, Amyris toxifera, Metopium linnaei, Metopium toxiferum
Common Names = Black poison, Black poisonwood, Boarwood, Bois mulatre, Boxcheche, Bumwood, Burn wood, Cedro prieto, Chachin, Chechem, Chechem negro, Chechen, Cochinilla, Cochinillo, Coral sumach, Cotinillo, Doctor gum, Florida poisontree, Guao, Guao de costa, Guao de peadero, Hog doctor, Hog gum, Hog plum, Honduras walnut, Jamaica sumach, Kabal'chechem, Manceniller, Mountain manchineel, Mulatre, Palo de rosa, Papayo, Papyo, Poison tree, Poison wood, Poisontree

Regions of Distribution = Central America, Latin America

Countries of Distribution = Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Guatemala, Belize, Puerto Rico, and southeastern Mexico

Numerical Strength Properties and Data:
Bending Strength = psi or kg/cm2

Crushing Strength = psi or kg/cm2
Density = 63 Lbs/Ft3 or 1009 kg/m3
Janka Hardness = 2,250

Hardness = 941 lbs. or 426 kg
Impact Strength =  in orcm
Maximum Crushing Strength = psi or  kg/cm2
Shearing Strength =  psi orkg/cm2
Stiffness = psi or kg/cm2

Toughness = inch-lbs or cm-kg
Specific Gravity = 0.99
Work to Maximum Load = Inch-lbs/in3 or cm-kg/cm3
Weight = 52 Lbs/Ft3 or 883 kg/m3

Radial Shrinkage = 4.1%
Tangential Shrinkage = 6.7%
Volumetric Shrinkage = 10.8%

T/R Ratio: 1.6

General Characteristics =

Grain = Grain is usually straight, but may be wild or interlocked. With a uniform medium to fine texture and good natural luster.

Texture = With a uniform medium to fine texture and good natural luster.

Movement in Service = Seasoned wood is reported to undergo moderate dimensional changes in response to fluctuations in atmospheric conditions.
Photosensitivity =
Color = 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