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Dysoxylum spectabile - kohekohe, New Zealand mahogany

Mahogany family: Meliaceae

Dysoxylum spectabile is a large tree with a stout trunk  and spreading canopy. It is easily distinguished by its large dark green and glossy leaflets and clusters of large white flowers that appear directly from the trunk and branches in early winter. A genus of about 80 mostly tropical species that is  widely distributed including the Indian subcontinent, southern China and SE Asia and the western Pacific. 

An endemic species found in coastal forest from the North Island to the northern portion of the South Island.

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Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 17 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 20-30 mm diam.

Leaf form: divided into 3-4 pairs of leaflets

Sepals: 4-5

Leaf size: leaf 20-40 cm; leaflets 7-15 cm

Petals: 4- 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: unisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 8-10

Leaf margin: undulate

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: fleshy