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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At the end of the Seven Years’ War —63the mahogany trade began to change significantly.

Views Read Edit View history. Such was the enthusiasm of the cutters that within a few years the European market was glutted, and the price of logwood collapsed. Hispaniola also called Spanish or Santo Domingo mahogany was the wood of choice for high quality work.

Sanding Sanding operations are reported to be fairly easy. In addition, the U. Until the s over 90 per cent of the mahogany imported into Britain came from Jamaica.

Mortising The timber responds readily to ordinary tools in mortising operations. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Check before you buy – always look for FSC certification when purchasing wood products. The most significant third source was Black River and adjacent areas on the Mosquito Coast now Republic of Hondurasfrom where quantities of mahogany were shipped from the s onwards.

The French Dwietenia of and the wars that followed radically changed the swieteniaa trade, primarily due to the progressive collapse of the French and Spanish colonial empires, which allowed British traders into areas previously closed to them. Loss of habitat for species The big-leaf mahogany forests are an important habitat swietenis many species including the endangered giant otter Pteronura brasiliensis.


Moulding The wood is reported to respond well to ordinary machine tools in molding. Historic distribution of mahogany in Mexico and Central America. The first Honduras mahogany arrived in Kingston, Jamaica, in Novemberand the first shipments arrived in Britain the following year. When transported to Jamaica macrophhlla slaves, they gave the same name to the similar trees they saw there. 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.

Mahogany, Caoba, Mara (Swietenia macrophylla) | ITTO

Priority species Big-leaf mahogany are a priority species. Tangential diameter macrophlyla vessel lumina to micras medium. Latin name scientific name Swietenia macrophylla. Action to address the problem of illegal logging, including work with government and regulatory authorities to ensure quotas are not exceeded and proper monitoring controls are in place.

General Housing 10 – Silica in Timbers. Inside the Maya Forest. At the same time, the Act had the effect of substantially increasing exports of mahogany from the West Indies to the Caobq colonies in North America.

Moderate warping and surface checking. Agroforestry dehesa Analog forestry Bamboo forestry Close to nature forestry Community forestry Ecoforestry Energy forestry Mycoforestry Ccaoba Plantation forestry Social forestry Sustainable forestry Urban forestry.

It is found from Central America to tropical South America.

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Guitar World Presents Guitar Gear Geographic place habitat Tropical moist broadleaf forests, Tropical dry broadleaf forests. The macropylla of illegal logging and the lack of implementation of international swieyenia trade requirements are pushing this majestic tropical hardwood tree towards extinction.


The centre of their activity and the primary point of export was Belize. Germplasm Resources Information Network. Archived from the original on 7 February Archived from the original on January 11, During the occupation of Havana by British forces between August and Julyquantities of Cuban or Havanna mahogany were sent to Britain, and after the city was restored to Spain inCuba continued to export small quantities, mostly to ports on the north coast of Jamaica, from where it went to Britain.

Its bark is dark-brown and flaky with a sweet odour. From the s, African mahogany Khaya spp. Khaya ivorensisK.

MAHOGANY, CAOBA, MARA (Swietenia macrophylla)

The giant otter lives in the streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands of the Amazon and other South American river systems. The natural distribution of these species within the Americas is geographically distinct. Poulsenia armata, Pterocarpus officinalis y Ficus werckleana.

Retrieved from ” https: Seietenia, China August Grain The grain is straight to slightly interlocked. The most abundant species, S. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Luster The surface of the wood is naturally high in luster.

Nailing The timber is reported to have good nailing properties. Lasts 34 – Embassy of Indonesia in Japan. The removal of big-leaf mahoganies and other trees leads to swietebia erosion which destroys the river habitat of the otters.

While the three Swietenia species are classified officially as “genuine mahogany”, other Meliaceae species with timber uses are classified as “true mahogany.