Grows throughout West Africa. Interlocked or straight grain. Heartwood color is variable, ranging from a very pale pink to a deeper reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of medium to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Quartersawn surfaces can also exhibit a ribbon-stripe appearance. African Mahogany is actually a family of mahogany trees from various sub-species in the region. This can cause the variation of tone to become greater. The cross grain structure can also cause fuzziness of the wood.