Sunday, November 27, 2011

Mahogony: Swietenia macrophylla

Mahogony (Caoba)

Swietenia macrophylla©Am Ang Zhang 2011

Seeds & Fruits of Swietenia macrophylla©Am Ang Zhang 2011

Mahogany is one of the world's premiere furniture hardwoods. Old growth trees can reach 40m in height and 1.5m in diameter. Its crown is rounded with extending branches. The wood is of excellent quality and used in fine furniture construction, woodworking, instruments, and architectural carpentry. The tree does not fare well in singles species plantations, due to attack by the shoot-borer (Hypsipyla grandella), which leaves the tree forked. Extensive pruning of young trees and planting in low concentrations are necessary.

The seeds may indeed offer some chemical molecule that may be useful for  treating diabetes.

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