Khaya grandifoliola C. DC.

Etymology Genus After their native common names Kaye or Khaye
Species Large leaves
Family Meliaceae
Synonyms -
Common Names Large-Leaved Khaya, Benin Mahogany
Status Exotic: Cultivated Only
Form Tree
Native Distribution Tropical Africa


Khaya grandifoliola is a large tree of up to 30m. It can be distinguished from other Khaya species from its large compound leaves, with each leaflet having wavy margins and a tapering tip.

Interesting Facts:

While its congener Khaya senegalensis is the more popular species planted in Singapore (5th ranked in 2013), Khaya grandifoliola is also among the top being ranked at 16th at the same year (Auger, 2013). 

In its native country of Africa, the Large-leaved Khaya is classified as Vulnerable by IUCN due to habitat loss and logging (Hawthorne, 1998). The bark of plant is used traditionally as a remedy for Malaria in Okeigbo, Nigeria (Odugbemi, 2007).

A large Large-leaved Khaya in Queenstown.

The large compound leaves.


Dechised fruit.


Auger T. (2013) Living in a Garden: The Greening of Singapore. National Parks Board, Singapore. 200 pp.

Hawthorne W. (1998) Khaya grandifoliola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1998. Accessed on 23-Nov-2018.  

Odugbemi TO, Akinsulire OR, Aibinu IE, Fabeku PO (2007) Medicinal Plants Useful For Malaria Therapy In Okeigbo, Ondo State, Southwest Nigeria. African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, 4(2): 191-198.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2018-11-22 / Modified: 2019-08-27