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


Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KĊŒKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..


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 ©