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Genuine Mahogany Swietenia macrophylla

General Description
Common Name: Genuine Mahogany
Botanical Name: Swietenia macrophylla
Other Common Names: Acajou, Acajou Amerique, Aguano, Belize mahogany, Big leafed mahogany, Bigleaf mahogany, Caguano, Cao, Caoba, Caoba de Atlantico, Caobilla, Chiculte, Cobano, Gateado, Honduras mahogany, Mahogany, Mara, Mogno, Orura, Palo zopilote
Common Uses: Boat building, Cabinetmaking, Decorative veneer, Furniture , Interior trim, Musical instruments , Paneling , Pianos , Scientific instruments, Sculpture, Turnery, Bedroom suites, Building materials, Canoes, Chairs, Chests, Concealed parts (Furniture), Desks, Dining-room furniture, Dowell pins, Dowells, Drawer sides, Drum sticks, Figured veneer, Fine furniture, Floor lamps, Furniture components, Furniture squares or stock, Hatracks, Interior construction, Kitchen cabinets, Lifeboats, Living-room suites, Millwork, Moldings, Office furniture, Organ pipes, Piano keys, Radio, stereo, TV cabinets, Rustic furniture, Shipbuilding, Sounding boards, Stools, T-Squares, Tables , Trimming, Utility furniture, Veneer, Violin, Violin bows, Wainscotting, Wardrobes, Woodwork , Xylophones
Region: Central America, Latin America
Country: Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Venezuela
Distribution: Perhaps the most valuable timber tree in the whole of tropical Latin America, Honduras mahogany has an extensive tropical distribution, from the north of the State of Veracruz to Yucatan in Mexico, and along the north Atlantic slope of Central America to Venezuela and Brazil. It also occurs in Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia at elevations of up to 4900 feet (1500 m), and on Cape Verde Islands. It is usually found in dry forests but it also occurs in moist and gallery forests. S. macrophylla is now widely planted throughout the whole of the tropics as a forest crop and currently provides almost all mahogany on the commercial market.