Biodiversity catalog

Big-Leaf Mahogany
Swietenia macrophylla
caoba
Big-leaf Mahogany Tree

Species IUCN Status

Vulnerable

Projects (Locations)

This tree species is native to southern Mexico, Central America and the northern regions of South America. Preferring rich soil but otherwise found in a variety of forest types, the big-leaf mahogany can grow up to 60 meters tall and produce leaves up to 45 centimeters long. The IUCN Red List classifies this species as vulnerable to extinction because of a high demand for the tree’s timber which is especially desirable for furniture and housing material.