Machiche // Lonchocarpus spp

Machiche lumber wood, Lonchocarpus spp lumber for woodworking
"Machiche's appearance is subtle and elegant rather than flashy with high impact. With a finish the wood is warm and lustrous, and reveals the wood's delightful grain patterns. The wood can have somewhat interlocked grain which creates a unique figure. Expect this wood to darken with age."
color of Machiche
Color Range
A rusty tan, somewhat orange tone that darkens with age in a way that's not too dissimilar from aged American cherry; though Machiche's grain structure is quite different from cherry.
other names for Machiche
Other Names
Aztec cherry, Black Cabbagebark, Caribbean cherry, Mayan cherry, Machiche
uses for Machiche
Some Typical Uses
Decking, flooring, exterior projects, outdoor furniture, jewelry, decorative accessories, stairs
the Machiche tree
What's the Tree Like?
Typcial tree size for Latin American woods reaching maturity between 65-100 ft tall with 2-3 ft trunk diameter
Machiche grows in Latin America
map of where Machiche grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
30.45% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
102.33% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
7.81% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Coarse 7/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak