Caribbean Walnut, also called Tzalam, Sabicu and False Tamarind (scientific name: Lysilomabahamense and L. latisiliquum), has a heartwood of light to medium brown color, occasionally with a purple or red hue, and dark brown streaks are common. Sapwood is pale grey-white and clearly distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is open and uniform, luster is medium and 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 :
Natural properties make it good for working on. Lumber can have a blunting effect on cutting tools. It is good with glues, turns and finishes well. It can take a high natural polish.


Pricing / Availability

It 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.



It is not mentioned on the IUCN’s Red List and in the CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

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



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