Caribbean Walnut

Caribbean Walnut

Caribbean walnut, also called Tzalam, Sabicu and False Tamarind (scientific name: Lysilomabahamense and L. latisiliquum), has a light to medium brown heartwood, occasionally with a purple or red hue, and dark brown streaks are common. Is sapwood is pale greay-white and distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is open and uniform, itsluster is medium, and its grain is straight.

Caribbean walnut is commonly found in Central America and Mexico. It is very durable and resistant to most insect attack.

Janka Hardness :

6,230 N(1,400 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

780 kg/m3(49 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Caribbean walnut’s natural properties make it good for working on. This lumber can have a blunting effect on cutting tools. It is good with glues, and it turns and finishes well. It can take a high natural polish.


Pricing / Availability

Caribbean walnut is a moderately priced exotic wood, imported from tropical regions such as the Caribbean Islands, from where it derives its name. However, its curly grained boards and figured woods are generally expensive.



Caribbean walnut is not mentioned on the IUCN’s Red List or in the CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

It is used for small specialty wooden objects but it also has other uses, such as for furniture, flooring, veneer, interior trims, and turned items.

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