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A one-stop location for information on big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla, Meliaceae)


The history section describes mahogany’s natural range and provides a brief overview of its commercial relationship with humankind since early colonial times. This relationship culminated in 2002 with an international regulatory response to chronic overexploitation, mahogany’s listing on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). Here we summarize current commercial and conservation status.

Natural Range

Big-leaf mahogany’s historic natural range in Central and South America, including maps.


Events leading to the protection of mahogany under CITES, and regulations imposed by the CITES listing.


A brief history of mahogany’s commercial exploitation since colonial times.

Current Status

Current commercial and conservation status of mahogany throughout its natural range.

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