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Mahogany Tree
Mahogany Tree

Scientific Name: Swietenia macrophylla

Category: Plant

Primary Layer: Understory

Fun Facts:

  • This canopy tree grows to 45m tall with a 2m trunk diameter
  • Conservationists are concerned that current harvest rates and practices may be pushing big-leafed mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) in the same direction as Caribbean mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni), which was once heavily traded but is now endangered and commercially exhausted because of past over-harvest.