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Species Information

Flooring Trade Name
Caribbean Rosewood
Botanical Name
Metopium, browneii
Lumber Name
Chechen, Poison Wood
Region
Grows In
Belize / Mexico
 

Description

Color Range & Color Changes

Color Range
Caribbean Rosewood provides an extreme range of color variability. This wood ranges from cream colored, flame type, swirls on through to gold/orange highlights on top of a medium brown background with black striping.
Color Change
Caribbean Rosewood exhibits a medium degree of color change, with the muting of the color variation and some darkening over time.
View Color Properties Chart below to compare this species with other species:
Color Properties Chart

View Metopium, browneii Photo Page for photos of the typical color range & change to be expected: Metopium, browneii Photo Page

Hardness

Caribbean Rosewood is 183% as hard as red oak ( 2300 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for red oak ).
graph
For hardness comparisons to additional species, please go to: Species Hardness

Where to Use

Caribbean Rosewood may used both residentially or commercially wherever the signature look of this unique specie is desired.

Installation

Access the proper Installation Instructions below for the flooring format you've chosen this species in:

Installation Instructions

Special Characteristics / Issues Specific to this Species

Stability
2 (average and similar to red oak). For additional information, see: WFI's Wood Properties Chart on the WFI Downloads page.
Finish Issues
(For site sanding/
finishing only)
None known at this time. See: Finish Recommendations on the WFI Downloads page before commencing any site finishing.
Safety / Allergic
Reaction Issues)
None known at this time. See Material Safety for safety issues with wood dust.
Other Characteristics /
Issues Specifid to
this Species
None known at this time. See Feedback / Silky Ash on the Site Map to see what others have experienced with this species.

Notes

Additional Technical Information on this species can be accessed from the links below:
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - Metopium, browneii Only
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - to access all species

Species Technical Chart for Metopium, browneii

Names
Flooring Trade Name
Botanical Name
Lumber Trade Name
Geographic Origin
Grows In
Caribbean Rosewood
Metopium, browneii
Chechen, Poison Wood
Belize / Mexico
Color Properties
Color Description
Color Variability
Color Fastness
Color Tone
Caribbean Rosewood provides an extreme range of color variability. This wood ranges from cream colored, flame type, swirls on through to gold/orange highlights on top of a medium brown background with black striping.
Caribbean Rosewood exhibits a medium degree of color change, with the muting of the color variation and some darkening over time.
Moisture Related
Flooring Trade Name
Stability
Gann Meta Setting/
Correction
Red Oak Correction
Shrinkage Coefficient
Caribbean Rosewood
2 (average and similar to red oak)
#2 / +0.8%
-0.9%
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.00211
N/A
Other Properties
Weight
Where to Use
Hardness
Finish Issues
Shrinkage Coefficient
(D/R/D+R)
Caribbean Rosewood may used both residentially or commercially wherever the signature look of this unique specie is desired.
Janka
Indent Tests
2300
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.00211
N/A

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