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The wood flooring you are looking at on this website, if solid construction, is made 100% from this species of wood If it was made in an engineered format, then the upper wear layer only is likely made from this species of wood. The information on this species page is offered as a service to better educate prospective buyers about the wood they are buying and represents decades of our experience and knowledge of these woods when used in flooring. On this page you will find only GENERAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION about this wood species. Please note that ONLY on the flooring page will you find the detailed information as to which specific grade, graining and surface treatment, and finish and stain colors have been used/selected for the actual wood flooring you are looking at.

Species Information

Flooring Trade Name
Santos Mahogany
Botanical Name
Myroxylon, balsamum
Lumber Name
Santos Mahogany, cabreuva vermelha, red incensio, quina quina, estoraque, balsamo, nava
Region
Grows In
Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico
 

Description

Color Range & Color Changes

Color Range
Santos Mahogany exhibits a medium range of color variation—between a light orangey/brown with yellowish overtones to a dark reddish/purplish brown. Most of the wood exhibits a medium to dark orange/brown mahogany tone
Color Change
Santos Mahogany undergoes a slight degree of color change with a slight muting of the color range over time
View Color Properties Chart below to compare this species with other species:
Color Properties Chart

View Myroxylon, balsamum Photo Page for photos of the typical color range & change to be expected: Myroxylon, balsamum Photo Page

Hardness

Santos Mahogany is 175% as hard as red oak ( 2200 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for red oak ).
graph
For hardness comparisons to additional species, please go to: Species Hardness

Where to Use

Santos Mahogany can be used both residentially and commercially wherever the distinguished look of mahogany is desired

Installation

Access the proper Installation Instructions below for the flooring format you've chosen this species in:

Installation Instructions

Special Characteristics / Issues Specific to this Species

Stability
1 (very stable). For additional information, see: WFI's Wood Properties Chart on the WFI Downloads page.
Finish Issues
(For site sanding/
finishing only)
None known at this time. See: Finish Recommendations on the WFI Downloads page before commencing any site finishing.
Safety / Allergic
Reaction Issues)
None known at this time. See Material Safety for safety issues with wood dust.
Other Characteristics /
Issues Specifid to
this Species
None known at this time. See Feedback / Silky Ash on the Site Map to see what others have experienced with this species.

Notes

Additional Technical Information on this species can be accessed from the links below:
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - Myroxylon, balsamum Only
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - to access all species

Species Technical Chart for Myroxylon, balsamum

Names
Flooring Trade Name
Botanical Name
Lumber Trade Name
Geographic Origin
Grows In
Santos Mahogany
Myroxylon, balsamum
Santos Mahogany, cabreuva vermelha, red incensio, quina quina, estoraque, balsamo, nava
Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico
Color Properties
Color Description
Color Variability
Color Fastness
Color Tone
Santos Mahogany exhibits a medium range of color variation—between a light orangey/brown with yellowish overtones to a dark reddish/purplish brown. Most of the wood exhibits a medium to dark orange/brown mahogany tone
Santos Mahogany undergoes a slight degree of color change with a slight muting of the color range over time
Moisture Related
Flooring Trade Name
Stability
Gann Meta Setting/
Correction
Red Oak Correction
Shrinkage Coefficient
Santos Mahogany
1 (very stable)
#3 / +0.8%
+0.8%
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.0234
0.00163
Other Properties
Weight
Where to Use
Hardness
Finish Issues
Shrinkage Coefficient
(D/R/D+R)
Santos Mahogany can be used both residentially and commercially wherever the distinguished look of mahogany is desired
Janka
Indent Tests
2200
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.0234
0.00163

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