Chicharronia intermedia A.Rich.
Chuncoa chicharronia Griseb.
Combretum dipterum A.Rich.
Terminalia intermedia (A.Rich.) Urb.
Terminalia chicharronia is a semideciduous tree.
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.
Most of this species forest habitats are under constant threat of clearance. As a close relative of T. Eriostachya, it has also suffered from severe overcutting. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Caribbean - Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba.
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A timber crop in Cuba[
]. The white wood is strong and hard.
We do not have any more specific information on the wood from this species. However, all the Terminalia species from the tropical Americas are said to have similar woods[
], the following is a general description of that wood:-
The heartwood is a light yellow to yellow brown, sometimes with reddish veins; it is clearly demarcated from the 3 - 8cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain is straight. The wood is heavy to very heavy; hard to very hard; elastic; moderately durable, being resistant to dry wood borers and moderately resistant to fungi and termites. It seasons slowly with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable to stable in service. It has a fairly high blunting effect, stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; nailing and screwing are good if the holes are pre-bored; gluing is poor. A good quality wood, it is used for high quality furniture, cabinet making, arched goods, turnery, industrial flooring, ship building, joinery, tool handles, moulding, veneer etc[
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