A dense, black ebony-like wood obtained from the Brya ebenus trees native to Central America and the Caribbean islands. Cocuswood is a slow-growing tree that has brittle, black heartwood with a fine uniform texture. It is used for inlays, brush backs, parquet, and musical instruments (especially flutes, clarinets, oboes and bagpipes).
Synonyms and Related Terms
Brya ebenus; Cocus wood; cocoswood; cocswood; Jamaica ebony; Jamaica rain tree; West Indian ebony; green ebony; espino de sabana, granadillo,
Physical and Chemical Properties
- Can grow to 20-30 feet with long drooping branches
- Leaves are small and waxy. They are compound but often appear simple.
- Fruits have bright yellow flowers
- Density = 75 ppcf
Resources and Citations
- The Wood Database: Cocuswood
- F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brya_ebenus (accessed October 2020)