Mahogany is a kind of wood—the straight-grained, reddish-brown timber of three tropical Honduran or big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), with a range from Mexico to southern Amazonia in Brazil, under British control (French colonists used the term acajou, while in the Spanish territories it was called caoba). Diagnóstico de la caoba (Swietenia macrophylla King) en Mesoamérica Visión general. Technical Report (PDF Available) · January with. Find technical and marketing information for lesser-used tropical timber species, LUS. Learn more on our Mahogany, Caoba, Mara (Swietenia macrophylla).

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Natural forests have been the prime target for the exploitation of mahogany because long-term efforts to grow the species in plantations have been mostly unsuccessful. In terms of quantity, the most significant new addition to the mahogany trade was Honduras mahogany, also called ‘baywood’, after the Bay swiftenia Honduras. Archived from the original on January 11, Historic distribution of mahogany from Mexico to southeastern Amazonia according to Lamb A small percentage of global supply of genuine mahogany comes from these Asian plantations, notably from IndiaBangladeshIndonesia and from Fijiin Oceania.

Species of Swietenia cross-fertilise readily when they grow in proximity; the hybrid between S. Historically, the tree’s girth allowed for wide boards from traditional mahogany species. Such was the enthusiasm of the cutters that within a few years the European market was glutted, and the price of logwood collapsed.

MAHOGANY, CAOBA, MARA (Swietenia macrophylla)

Each fruit contains 71 winged seeds, 7 to 12 cm long. Handcraft 66 – Maderas latinoamericanas. The macrophtlla abundant species, S. In the 17th macrohylla, the buccaneer John Esquemeling recorded the use of mahogany or cedrela on Hispaniola for making canoes: Color The sapwood is distinct but not clearly demarcated from the heartwood.

This mahogany was known as ‘Rattan swieetnia, after the island of Ruatanwhich was the main offshore entrepot for the British settlers in the area. Staining The wood takes stains well. Beautiful Looking, Beautiful Sounding Tonewood”. Boring Boring properties are rated as good. Until the 19th century all of the mahogany was regarded as one species, although varying in quality and character according to soil and climate.


In addition to Jamaica and Bahamas, all the British controlled islands exported some mahogany at various times, but the quantities were not large. Poulsenia armata, Pterocarpus officinalis y Ficus werckleana. The giant otter lives in the streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands of the Amazon and other South American river systems.

A truly majestic evergreen tree

The following year it was assigned to a new genus by Nicholas Joseph Jacquin —and named Swietenia mahagoni. Moulding The wood is reported to respond well to ordinary machine tools in molding. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina to micras medium. Archived from the original on Views Read Edit View history. In the Philippines, environmentalists are calling for an end to the planting of mahogany because of its negative impact on the environment and wildlife, including possibly causing soil acidification and no net benefit to wildlife.

Chairs 36 – Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente, Panama. The leading importer of mahogany is the United States, seietenia by Britain; [1] while the largest exporter today is Peruwhich surpassed Brazil after that country banned mahogany exports in All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from Sdietenia Articles with permanently dead external links Commons category link is on Wikidata.

Historic distribution of mahogany in Mexico and Central America. Depending on the cut, it often produces a highly attractive figure.

Current range of big-leaf mahogany in South America. In addition, the U. The first Honduras mahogany arrived in Kingston, Jamaica, in Novemberand the first shipments arrived in Britain the following year. To determine the regeneration dynamics and growth rate of mahogany in the natural tropical forests of Quintana Roo, oral histories were used to find essentially even-aged stands that had become established naturally swietemia 2 and 75 years ago, after a hurricane, forest fires, or mechanical distrubance logyards had occured.


Mahogany is the national tree of the Dominican Republic [14] and Belize. Hispaniola also called Spanish or Santo Domingo mahogany was the wood of choice for high quality work. Swietenia macrophylla is widely distributed in the Amazon basin, on terra firme forests. A truly majestic evergreen tree. Agroforestry dehesa Analog forestry Bamboo forestry Close to nature forestry Community swketenia Ecoforestry Energy forestry Mycoforestry Permaforestry Plantation forestry Social forestry Sustainable forestry Urban forestry.

Swietenia macrophylla – Azuero Earth Project

General Housing 10 – Silica in Timbers. Mortising The timber responds readily to ordinary tools in mortising operations. Response To Hand Tools The wood is reported to macrophyllx well to hand tools.

Blunting Effect The wood has slight blunting effect on cutting edges.

Regeneracion y crecimiento de la caoba (Swietenia macrophylla King) en selvas de Quintana Roo

Other areas of Central America as far south as Panama also began to be exploited. This wood is also called Lauan or Meranti. From the s, African mahogany Khaya spp. New individuals macrophyllw mahogany became established at an average density of 18 per ha after fires and 6 per ha after hurricane.

Luster The surface of the wood is naturally high in luster. The University of Melbourne.

Prismatic crystals in the ray cells. Trees in these stands were sampled using transects and sample plots, and differentiated into residual trees that had become established subsequently.

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Prismatic crystals in non-chambered axial parenchyma cells. It is moderately resistant to dry-wood termites, but susceptible to marine borer attack. Odor Odor and taste are reported to be indistinct.