Swietenia mahagoni, aka the West Indian mahogany, or Caoba, is a species of Swietenia native to southern Florida in the United States and islands in the Caribbean including the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti. It is the species from which the original mahogany wood was produced.
In this post I will only post about the seed pod. I found the seed capsule in the state of bursting wide open, but not quite. So I placed it on a glass jar and it’s still looking like this. Eventually, it will open completely.
Mahogany’s “Swietenia” is a genus of trees in the chinaberry family, Meliaceae. It occurs natively in the Neotropics, from southern Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America south to Bolivia. The genus is named for Dutch-Austrian physician Gerard van Swieten (1700-1772). The wood of Swietenia trees is known as mahogany.
Swietenia mahagoni (L.) Jacq., Mahagoni, M., The natural history of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands, vol. 2: t. 81 (1754)