Lighthouse Open Day

Date posted: 30-Apr-2019

Our historic lighthouse, signal station and diaphonic foghorn will all be on dis..

We need a new Treasurer

Date posted: 08-Apr-2019

The Supporters need a new treasurer to take over in September when Kevin Vaughan..

2019 Concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2019

OrigiNZ, the tartan taonga are returning for the 2019 concert. Click..

Tiri's three unique foghorns

Date posted: 01-Feb-2019

Our next social event will take place on Monday 18th March when Carl Hayson and ..

Young Conservation Superstars win awards!

Date posted: 27-Jan-2019

Gabriel Barbosa and teacher Kate Asher, a team leader who co..

Entries for the 2019 photo competition

Date posted: 19-Jan-2019

We are now taking entries for the 2019 photographic competition. You can enter u..

Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

Would you like to volunteer with the Island's hihi team and learn from them how ..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018



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 ©