Central American mahogany

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Honduras mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)


A timber from the tree, Swietenia macrophylla, native to Central and South America. Central American mahogany has a straight grain and fine, uniform texture. The reddish brown heartwood gives a lustrous surface when polished. Cuban mahogany is used for furniture, cabinetwork, airplane propellers, veneer, and printers blocks.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Swietenia macrophylla; mogno americano (Port.); vero mogano (It.); South American mahogany; Cuban mahogany; Honduras mahogany; baywood

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Color: ranges from pink or salmon to dark reddish brown
  • Density = 35-48 ppcf

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Resources and Citations

  • F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965 Comment: 35-48 ppcf
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: density=41 ppcf (0.66 g/cm3)

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