African Plant Database

Swietenia mahagoni (L.) Jacq.
Information on the genus : Swietenia
Basionym : Cedrela mahagoni L.
Status for TA : accepted (cultivated)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Cedrela mahagoni L.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree 10-20 m; bole short, to 1 m Ø; crown round; in plantations reaching 30 m in height, with very short blunt buttresses; bark smooth, greyish, shallowly fissured; leaves clustered, 12-15 cm long, leaflets 4-8, 4-6 cm long, ovate-elliptic, apex acute.
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Ecology : Native of hummock vegetation, subtropical dry or moist forest from S Florida throughout the Keys-Bahamas-Cuba-Jamaica-Hispaniola, 0-800 m alt. – Occasionally grown in lower rainfall areas.
  This was the original Swietenia species valued for its timber, now superseded by the faster-growing S. macrophylla.
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Record n°57230
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