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seed from Mahogany tree


Brown, "winged" seed structure ~ 3 inches long and ½ wide.


Tropical insular coastal valley.


Spotted in mid-air above Waimea Falls at Waimea Falls Park, along with two others, "helicoptering" down in a manner evocative of maple seeds, from a steep hillside north of Waimea Falls. The seeds landed near a public area at the falls, so I went looking and found one,which I then imaged.

1 Species ID Suggestions

jdc14515 8 months ago
Swietenia mahagoni, Swietenia humilis, Swietenia macrophylla What is a Mahogany Tree? - Scientific Name, Fruit & Uses - Video & Lesson Transcript |

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1 Comment

Allen Hoof
Allen Hoof 8 months ago

jdc14515 - Thanks for the suggestion. I agree that this spotting is a mahogany tree seed, however, in addition to Swietenia sp. tree, it could as well be from a Toona sp. tree, one of the Asian mahogany species. Individuals of both genera are present in Hawaii. I've edited the spotting to reflect this update.

Allen Hoof
Spotted by
Allen Hoof

Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Jul 4, 2018
Submitted on Jul 22, 2018

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