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Entandrophragma spp.

Entandrophragma spp. of the family Meliaceae, the mahogany family, this wood is most often Entandrophragma angolense but may also include any of the follwing (and possibly more I am not aware of): Entandrophragma acuminata, Entandrophragma delevoyi, Entandrophragma dolicarpum, Entandrophragma ferrugineum, Entandrophragma leplaei, Entandrophragma rederi, and Entandrophragma rufa

This tropical African wood is a loosely mahogany-related (it's in the same family, but not any of the genera that contain the woods normally meant by the name "mahogany") and you can definitely see some similarities

my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions

plank and end grain --- the lighter corner is sapwood which as you can see is easily distinguishable from the heartwood, but not sharply demarcated.

end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above

plank and end grain --- I'm not sure but I think this entire piece is probably sapwood

end grain closeup of the piece directly above

END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

planks cut from a larger one (not the same as the other samples on this page) and a side pic of same

end grain closeups of the pieces directly above

both END GRAIN UPDATEs from directly above

veneer with very accurate color --- there is a heavy ribbon stripe to this veneer that hardly shows up at all in this pic or the one directly below

veneer with sapwood

web pics:


planks listed as Entandrophragma angolense

veneer listed as tiama / Entandrophragma angolense

plank listed as tiama / Entandrophragma congoense

unsurfaced plank with the kind of brownish-rust colored patina that is found on MANY unfinished woods that have been exposed to the air for a while.


veneer listed as both "tiama mahogany" and "tropical mahogany" and I am not sure that it is the wood that is supposed to be on this page.

ribbon stripe veneer