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Chechem Metopium brownei

General Description
Common Name: Chechem
Botanical Name: Metopium brownei
Other Common Names: Black poisonwood, Chechem, Chechem negro, Chechen, Poisontree
Common Uses: Flooring, Furniture , Turnery, Veneer, Chairs, Chests, Concealed parts (Furniture), Core Stock, Decorative veneer, Desks, Dining-room furniture, Domestic flooring, Dowell pins, Dowells, Drawer sides, Factory flooring, Figured veneer, Fine furniture, Floor lamps, Furniture components, Furniture squares or stock, Hatracks, Kitchen cabinets, Living-room suites, Office furniture, Parquet flooring, Plain veneer, Radio, stereo, TV cabinets, Rustic furniture, Stools, Sub-flooring, Tables , Utility furniture, Wardrobes
Region: Central America
Country: Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico
Distribution: The species is reported to occur in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, northern Guatemala, Belize, and from the Yucatan to Vera Cruz in Mexico. It is reported to be often found growing alongside Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota ) in calcareous soils.