Another important member of the family is the West Indian cedar, or cigar-box tree ( Cedrela odorata ), whose scented, insect-repellent wood is commonly used for cigar boxes. The wood of the chinaberry tree ( Melia azedarach ) of Asia, introduced to (and now naturalized in) the S United States, Africa, and the Mediterranean as an ornamental, is also used for lumber. The name mahogany is also given to numerous unrelated tropical trees that provide similar lumber.
The mahogany family is classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales.
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