Cojoba arborea (syn.s Mimosa arborea, Pithecellobium arboreum, and Acacia arborea) of the family Fabaceae (syn Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family
This Central American wood is widely sold in the flooring industry as "royal mahogany" but in fact has nothing to do with mahogany (that naming convention is just one example of the gross dishonesty of the flooring industry when it comes to wood names). It does LOOK somewhat like mahogany and in addition to being reasonably attractive, it is quite hard, durable, and stable in use and thus it is used extensively for flooring. It is reportedly hard to turn but otherwise quite reasonable to work with in craft applications although that seems a little odd to me since it is quite hard and frequently has interlocked grain, both of which can make for hard crafting.
my samples: NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting --- colors will vary under other lighting conditions
"royal" mahogany flooring sample donated by Dale Romain (thanks, Dale) --- I've rough sanded this piece and the scratches are still very visible, but the side grain and end grain both show up nicely in the enlargements.
NOT a raw wood color four flooring samples listed as "royal mahogany" and I have no idea which mahogany they are, if any
NOTE these are NOT mahogany at all --- In keeping with their standard practice of totally ignoring factual information in favor of marketing names, the flooring institute calls this "royal mahogany", but states that in fact it is Wild tambran (aka Barba de Jolote) which is not at all related to mahogany, although I must admit that the grain pattern does LOOK like mahogany.
sometime soon, I'll move these to another page
the same 4 flooring samples as above but with the finish sanded off. The sanding was not totally complete, so traces of the finish remain --- I left them this way because they are just a thin veneer on a nondescript wood backing and I was afraid that if I sanded them any further, all I'd have left would have been the backing.
flat cut planks --- based on the color, I'd say these have been moistened in some way and are not raw wod
quartersawn plank --- based on the color, I'd say this has been moistened in some way and is not the raw wood
planks listed as wild tamarind, a name that is used by at least 18 species, so in fact these woods may well NOT be Cojoba arborea