mahagoni is the rare and very expensive species
of wood that has been used to construct fine furniture
for hundreds of years. Mahogany traditionally came from
Central and South America where it was first observed in
1595 by a carpenter accompanying Sir Walter Raleigh on
his explorations of the "New World".
properly finished and polished to a rich sheen, mahogany
has a deep rich red color. It was first used extensively
for furniture making in the reign of George I of England
and became very sought after from that time onwards. The
most common source was Jamaica, but it was also imported
from Cuba and Honduras.
is a Florida native that
ironically is becoming a rare find in the wild due to
land development, but is increasingly found as a street
and yard tree in the southern portions of the state.
Well drained soil.
Water Requirements: Good
Light Requirements: Full
sun to partial shade.
Compound, alternate on the stems, 4-8" in
length. Leaflets are 4-8 in number, 1-4" long, dark
green above and pale yellow to reddish brown beneath.
Narrowly oval with sharp tips and uneven bases.
or winter, large woody pods, from 2-5" long. At
maturity they split from the base upward, releasing
flat, winged seeds about 3/4" long.
Native Florida Plants, Revised Edition