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Latin Name: Lonchocarpus castilloi

Family: Leguminosae - the Legume family

Other Common Name(s): Balche, Barbasco, Black Cabbage Bark, Black Cabbage-Bark, Cabbage Bark, Chaperno, Guaimaro, Haiari, Imbria De Sapo, Macaratu, Machiche, Manchich, Marajagua, Mahogany, Saindapl, Sindjaple, Timbo

Imported Hardwood

Suitable for Exterior/Interior Use
Interior and Exterior

Decking, Exterior Trim, Flooring, Millwork, Mouldings

Machiche grows throughout tropical America. The tree prefers open hillsides and dry plains at lower elevations.

General Description: The sapwood is white in color, and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. The heartwood is a chocolate brown that may have a copper or purple hue. The heartwood may be striped with fine parenchyma laminations that are lighter in color. The grain ranges from straight to irregular and interlocked. It has a moderately coarse texture.

Price Range ($ least expensive, $$$$$ most expensive):

Working Properties
Machining: Good
Nailing: Good
Glueing: Good
Screwing: Good
Finishing: Good

Physical Properties
Weight (lbs/BF): 4
Specific Gravity: 0.63
Modulus of Rupture (psi): 9,500-12,800
Modulus of Elasticity (1,000 psi): 1,230-1,900
Side Hardness (lbs): 1400

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Item Availability
5/4 x 6” Decking S4SE4E

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