African Mahogany has a good natural luster with a light-refracting optical phenomenon known as chatoyancy. As well that is comprised of a handful of species from the Khaya genus, all of which are native to Africa. In contrast to other Mahogany, this one tends to be less reddish brown color.
Genuine Mahogany goes by many names, not to be confused with cheaper imitations such as Philippine Mahogany. Genuine Mahogany or Swietenia Macrophylla is considered to be the real and true species when referring to ‘Mahogany’. Included in CITES II, as its beauty and phenomenal stability has made this lumber widely used now regulated to certified sustainable sources.
Philippine Mahogany is a loose term that applies to a number of wood species coming from southeast Asia. Scientifically, the name Philippine Mahogany has been used to encompass most commercial lumber found in the Shorea genus, where it is very commonly used in its native Southeast Asia. There is an abundance of variety between the different species: each with different working properties, appearances, and mechanical strength values.