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..

2018 Photo Comp opens for entries

Date posted: 27-Nov-2017

The 2018 Photo Competition is now open for entries. Click here (/2018-photo-competition-tiritiri-mat..

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..


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 ©