Mahogany

Swietenia cf. macrophylla (Meliaceae)

Characteristics

Tree with strong wood. Leaves large (up to 45 cm) with even numbered leaflets. Fruits are called “sky fruits” because of its upwards growth towards the sky, up to 40 cm long, in a capsule. Each fruit capsule could contain 71 winged seeds (7-12 cm).

Distribution

Native to South America and Mexico, but naturalized in the Philippines, Singapore and Hawaii. Futher, it is cultivated in plantations elsewhere.

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

Unlike mahogany sourced from its native locations in South America and Mexico, plantation mahogany grown in Asia is not restricted in trade.

Mahogany wood is strong and is used for furniture, musical instruments, ships, doors, coffins and decors.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species