Santos Mahogany

Santos Mahogany

Santos Mahogany, also called Cabreuva(scientific name: Myroxylonbalsamum), has a heartwood that can be light golden-brown, burgundy, or dark purple-red. Quarter cut/sawn sections may have a ribbon/striped pattern. Its texture is moderate to fine, luster is good and grain is generally interlocked.

Santos Mahogany is commonly found in Central and South America and southern Mexico. It is said to be very resistant to decay and moderately resistant to insect attack.

Janka Hardness :

10,680 N(2,400 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

915 kg/m3(57 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

High density and interlocked grain make it fair-to-poor to work on. It finishes well but gluing and staining can be difficult. It has a significant blunting effect on cutting tools.


Pricing / Availability

It’s generally available in markets as a medium-priced imported lumber ideal for flooring purposes.



It is not mentioned on the IUCN’s Red List and in the CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

It is usually a popular choice for flooring purposes, but the material is versatile enough to be used both for heavy outdoor construction purposes and for decorative purposes such as in interior trims.

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