Swietenia mahagoni (Mahogani)

600px-2-975a9683-copySwietenia 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.

Swietenia mahagoni

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)













42 thoughts on “Swietenia mahagoni (Mahogani)

  1. I work with mahogany from time to time, but not often. Good mahogany is getting harder to find, and besides, teak is a better wood for boats — at least on exteriors. The mahogany generally is used for interiors.

    The pod’s beautiful. It has such a complex structure, which is really appealing.


    • I still can’t believe you do this type of work. Do you work with the finishes? Mahogany finishes are beautiful too. I also used to work with wood, but many years ago. I think I made something with teak.

      I hope teak trees are being protected because this mahogany is already endangered. I wish I could blog more about trees but that is such a vast field, I can only touch it on the surface. It’s just too vast.


  2. The seed pod makes a fine pic, Maria, and I am seeing it for the first time. Not the mahagony wood though, as it is widely used in premium furniture making in India.
    I have a mahagony sofa in my living room.


  3. Hola María… las imágenes son fascinantes. hay algo similar a semilla de ciertos pinos que es exactamente igual a una rosa amaderada … No sé si alguna vez has visto esto a lo que me refiero… tengo la duda si seca en la que se deposita la semilla… es un tipo de “piña”, no sé si es la parte inferior misma de la piña donde se forma algo casi idéntico a una rosa. Un abrazo para vos.


    • Hola Aqui, muchas gracias, algunos son “coníferos” y si parecen piñas pero son de estos arboles:
      cedars (Cedro), Douglas firs, cypresses, firs (Abeto), junipers (Enebro), kauri, larches, pines, hemlocks, redwoods, spruces (Piceas), and yews (Tejo). Estos producen estos conos que si parecen rosas.
      Aqui hay un link:
      Sin embargo, no todos son pinos. Esta es la del árbol de caoba, y hay otras vainas que son bien radicalmente simétricas y que no son de pinos. Cuando secan entonces sueltan las semillas. Las piñas son Bromelias y son frutas.

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