Mangifera spp. of the family Anacardiaceae, including at least the following: Mangifera altissima, Mangifera coccigera, Mangifera caloneura, Mangifera foetida, Mangifera indica, Mangifera minor, Mangifera solomonensis, Mangifera sylvatica, and Mangifera zeylandica
Correspondent Pete Morrison tells me that working mango is very similar to working with maple but that it is not a very hard or tight-grained wood and can be quite dusty when sanding. No problems with
dulling tools and takes finishes quite well but the wood may chip if worked too
Assuming all of the colors seen on this page are correct, mango has a large variation in color from light tan to brown and reddish brown.
my samples: NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting --- colors will vary under other lighting conditions
both sides of a sample plank of Hawaiian mango / Mangifera indica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The vendor has labeled this "curly" but it is not curly at all, it just has some very nice wavy grain. The labeled side is raw but the 2nd side has been sanded to 240 grit and so shows details better.
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above