Spanish Cedar is a historically valuable type of Latin-American timber. Because it has been exploited in many areas, the species is now considered vulnerable according to the IUCN. It’s listed on the CITES Appendix III for the countries of Brazil, Bolivia, Columbia, Peru, and Guatemala. The listing in Appendix III means that the countries listed have chosen voluntarily to control the export of Spanish Cedar wood and have appealed to other countries in enforcing restrictions. Spanish Cedar may be exported from Latin American countries not listed in Appendix III. Not a true cedar, Spanish Cedar is closely related to true Mahoganies, the Swietenia and Khaya genera (since both are in the Meliaceae family). Wood density and mechanical issues can vary depending on the country of origin and the growing conditions. Some of the wood available now comes from plantations, where younger, fast-growing trees produce wood lower in density and paler in color than wood from wild trees taken from natural forests.