Red Bean (Fijian: Tarawau)

Dysoxylum cf. mollissimum (Meliaceae)


Large tree, up to 35 m. Usually buttressed. White flowers. Fruit is a brown capsule, bird attracting.

The tree produces a well-regarded mahogany timber, suited to cabinet work, carving and boat building.


It occurs in tropical, sub-tropical and littoral rainforests in Eastern Australia as well as on the Pacific Islands.

Natural Medical Properties

The fruits are used in the treatment of wounds

Did you know?

Related (same family) to Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla, #38). Freshly cut bark has an onion type scent.

Further reading:


World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species