A large, dry deciduous tree, once common in tropical forests from southern Mexico to Bolivia.
It has a massive, straight, lightly buttressed trunk that holds a rounded, umbrella-shaped crown with large leaves, yellowish green flowers and reddish brown fruits. It is threatened today due to the overexploitation of its beautiful and very durable, reddish-brown wood: the genuine and highest quality mahogany.
It is a very important timber-tree and widely grown throughout the tropics today, in USDA zone 11 and above. Germination: Sow 1cm in coir or sowing mix + sand or perlite. Keep bright and constantly moist but not wet. Germination takes 3-12 weeks.