Mahogany; Araputanga; Mahogany, Brazilian

Mahogany; Araputanga; Mahogany, Brazilian

Trade Name

Khaya, Cuba Mahogany, several African types of Mahogany

Similar Woods

Black Cherry, Peartree

Origin

South America

Range

Swietenia macrophylla: Middle and tropical parts of South America, but not in Guayana and the Amazon Basin. Main growing areas are Honduras, Brazil Mexico and Guatemala. Swietenia humilis grows in Western parts of Middle America.

Uses

In the 18th and 19th centuries, only Cuba Mahogany was used Occurrences restricted to the West-Indian Islands. For 250 years, one of the most valuable furniture wood in the world Due to over- harvesting, this wood is almost nowhere to be had today and has lost all of its economic significance. Now replaced by high-quality Swietenia Mahogany and only the wood of the Swietenia family count as genuine Mahogany. Used in furniture production, building of ships and yachts, for musical instruments, scientific equipment, and as exclusive wood for high-class interior architectural work in English-speaking countries. Genuine Mahogany counts as one of the classical woods used for furniture. Unfortunately, the name "Mahogany" is used today for many mass wood species growing in Africa and Asia. This leads to confusion and mistakes and is also responsible for the actual value of the genuine Mahogany being underrated. Produced in flat - as well as in quarter- cut, with the latter being in much higher demand.

Colour

Yellow / Light Brown