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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Big leaf mahogany Swietenia macrophyllaPeru.

The grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Sawing The wood offers small cutting resistance. Ciencia Forestal en Mexico 25 Unlike mahogany sourced from its native locations, plantation mahogany grown in Asia is not restricted in trade.

From Calvo et al. Highly valued The trade in big-leaf mahogany began with the Spanish in the s and over the centuries the mahogany populations in Central and South America have gradually declined. Common name common name. The fruits of bigleaf mahogany are called sky fruit, because they seem to hang upwards from the tree. History Glossary Wood lumber. Friends of the Earth. From the s, African mahogany Khaya spp.


Specific gravity of mahogany is 0. Prismatic crystals in the ray cells. Sharpe,p. Driving improvements in forest managment and trade practices to reduce inefficiencies and offer financial incentives for the sustainable management of natural forest. This pattern indicates that mahoganies become established more successfully on clearings than in gaps, which are densely populated with saplings and seedlings of other species.

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Mahogany is a kind of wood —the straight- grainedreddish-brown timber of three tropical hardwood species of the genus Swieteniaindigenous to the Americas [1] and part of the pantropical chinaberry familyMeliaceae.

Its bark is dark-brown and flaky with a sweet odour. In a third species, Swietenia macrophyllawas named by Sir George King — after studying specimens of Honduras mahogany planted in the Botanic Gardens in Calcutta, India.

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.

Until the s over 90 per cent of the mahogany imported into Britain came from Jamaica.

macrohylla Khaya ivorensisK. Mahogany is the national tree of the Dominican Republic [14] and Belize. It is found from Central America to tropical South America.


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Slow drying is recommended. And so we are working to ensure such species can live and thrive in their natural habitats.

Gluing This species is easy to glue. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina to micras medium. Its reddish-brown color darkens over time, and displays a reddish sheen when polished.

Swietenia macrophylla – Wikipedia

It is moderately resistant to dry-wood termites, but susceptible to marine borer attack. Uses authors parameter Articles with ‘species’ microformats Articles with unsourced statements from December Articles with unsourced statements from November Commons category link from Wikidata Taxonbars with 20—24 taxon IDs Taxonomy articles created by Polbot. For other uses, see Mahogany disambiguation. Big-leaf mahogany — prized for its rich reddish colour and good technical characteristics — has been sought, traded and used for the manufacture of furniture, musical instruments and other wood products of high quality, beauty and durability.

Retrieved from ” https: How you can help. The level of exploitation has led to the exhaustion of supplies.