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Botanical name:  Dysoxylum spectabile
Maori name:  Kohekohe
Height:  15 metres

Kohekohe leaf

Kohekohe grows naturally in the warmer parts of New Zealand, favouring coastal and lowlands areas.  Its southern limit is the top of the South Island.  It is described as a tropical outlier and its large glossy pinnate leaves give it a lush, tropical appearance.


Flowers open in May/June when they appear as waxy white sprays similar to orange blossom.  They sprout directly from the bark on branches and the trunk, a phenomenon called cauliflory (stem flowers) a feature which is prevalent on trees in tropical rainforests.


Seed capsules develop slowly for about a year then split open to reveal 3 seeds enclosed in a red fleshy covering which is eaten by birds.


Genus Dysoxylum contains about 75 species which are widespread in tropical and subtropical forests.  They all belong in the mahogany family, Meliaceae.  Kohekohe, the single NZ species is endemic.  The North Queensland rainforests contain several species, all commonly referred to as mahogany. eg yellow mahogany, Dysoxylum parasiticum; pink mahogany, D. oppositifolium


Notable trees in Meliaceae are the Indian beadtree, Melia azedarach, and the true mahoganies, Swietenia mahogani (West Indian) and Swietenia macrophylla (Honduran).

Long term canopy tree.
  Kohekohe fruit

Kohekohe flowers

Photography by Neil Davies ©