Metopium brownei

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Metopium brownei
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Metopium
Species:
M. brownei
Binomial name
Metopium brownei

Metopium brownei (also known as chechem, chechen, or black poisonwood) is a species of plant in the family Anacardiaceae.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Cuba, Jamaica, northern Guatemala, Belize, and from the Yucatán to Veracruz in Mexico.

Description[edit]

Like its cousin, Metopium toxiferum, it produces urushiol in its bark, which can cause contact dermatitis; therefore, live trees and fresh cut logs should be handled carefully. The wood of this tree is a valuable source of lumber in Central America and the West Indies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) & IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group. 2019. Metopium brownei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T61984043A149062143. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-2.RLTS.T61984043A149062143.en. Downloaded on 30 November 2021.