New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

Stop Press: Extra Dawn Chorus trip now scheduled for Thursday 27th October 2016. ..

2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

Kohekohe

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 ©