Swietenia mahogani (L.) Jacq.

West Indian Mahogany, Cuban Mahogany, Spanish Mahogany


Family: Meliaceae

Genus: Swietenia

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 10 to 11

Size: Up to 70' tall, usually 30' and 20' wide.

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade

Description: 

Semi-deciduous, losing all the leaves at the end of winter when the new growth starts. Leaves are pinnately compound and have no terminal leaflet.

History: 

Native to Florida and the Caribbean.

Published in Enum. Syst. Pl. 20 in 1760 - Jacquin cites Catesby's Natural History Volume II plate 81.

Basionym Cedrela mahogani L. - Lectotype = "Arbor foliis pinnatis, nullo impari Alam claudente, nervo ad latus unum excurrente, fructu anguloso magno, semine alato instar Pinus" in Catesby, Nat. Hist. Carolina, 2: 81, t. 81, 1743.


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