Dysoxylum latifolium (Meliaceae)

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This native mahogany tree is not a particularly well known species, or at least it must be considered so dreary as to not deserve a common name.

In some respects, this species looks more like a member of the Sapindaceae due to it’s alternate leaflets and even a ‘leaflet extension spine’, making it one of those species that you’d probably ‘know when you know’. The leaflets are somewhat glossy green on the underside and a only bit lighter in shade compared to the upperside. The midrib is raised on top.

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The flowers some rather few. More on this when I espy some fruits

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Leaflet underside

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Leaf stalks swollen at point of attachment to stem


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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