Philipine Mahogany

Botanical Name

Shorea Spp.

Other Common Names

Light Red Meranti, Lauan, Light Red Lauan, Almon, Perawan


Southeast Asia and Oceania

About the Name

The wood name Philippine Mahogany is a loose term that applies to a number of wood species coming from southeast Asia. Plywood made of this type of wood is Lauan. (And even though it’s called Philippine Mahogany, it bears no relation to what is considered to be “true” mahogany in the Swietenia and Khaya genera.) There is an abundance of variety between the difference species: each with different working properties, appearances, and mechanical strength values.


Color can be highly variable depending upon the species: ranging from a pale straw color, to a darker reddish brown.


Has a coarse texture with small pores. Grain is sometimes interlocked.

Working Properties

Typically easy to work, due to its low density. Glues, stains, and finishes well.


Plywood, interior furniture, general utility purposes.


Meranti is widely harvested and widely available worldwide.