Brosimum guianense

One look at a highly figured piece of Brosimum guianense and it’s easy to see why it’s called Snakewood. Dramatic specks and splotches bear a close resemblance to the skin of a snake. In addition to its colorful figure, Snakewood is also among the densest and hardest of all wood species worldwide, nearly tied with Lignum Vitea, the heaviest wood in the world. As a small, rare tree, prices for surfaced and milled Snakewood that display the characteristic snakeskin pattern are perhaps the most expensive of any exotic lumber worldwide in terms of per- boardfoot cost.