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African Mahogany

"African mahogany" is a common name used for several tree species belonging to the Khaya genus within the Meliaceae family. The most well-known species in this group is Khaya senegalensis, commonly referred to as African mahogany, Senegal mahogany, or dry-zone mahogany. Here is a description of African mahogany (Khaya senegalensis):

  1. Size and Shape: African mahogany is a large deciduous tree that can reach heights of up to 30-40 meters (100-130 feet) or more. It has a straight trunk and a rounded to spreading crown.

  2. Leaves: The leaves of Khaya senegalensis are compound, pinnate, and arranged alternately along the stems. Each leaf consists of multiple leaflets, which are dark green and glossy, with a lanceolate or elliptical shape.

  3. Flowers: African mahogany trees produce small, fragrant flowers in clusters or panicles. The flowers are usually creamy-white or pale yellow and are attractive to pollinators like bees and butterflies.

  4. Bark: The bark of African mahogany is typically smooth and grayish-brown when young, becoming rougher and fissured with age. The bark's texture can vary depending on the tree's age and environmental conditions.

  5. Wood: African mahogany is highly prized for its valuable timber, which is often referred to as "genuine mahogany." The heartwood of African mahogany is reddish-brown, and it has a beautiful straight grain with a medium texture. The wood is known for its durability, stability, and workability, making it a popular choice for high-quality furniture, cabinetry, flooring, and boat building.

  6. Habitat and Distribution: African mahogany (Khaya senegalensis) is native to various countries in West Africa, including Senegal, Gambia, Nigeria, and Ghana. It is commonly found in savannas, woodlands, and dry forests.

  7. Uses: African mahogany has been traditionally used for various purposes, including timber for construction, furniture, carvings, and traditional medicine. Due to its excellent wood properties, it is an economically important timber species.

It's important to note that there are other mahogany species from different regions, such as Swietenia mahagoni (West Indian mahogany) and Swietenia macrophylla (Honduran mahogany), which are also referred to as mahogany and are known for their valuable timber. Sustainable management practices are essential to protect these valuable trees and ensure their conservation for future generations.


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