The West Indies Mahogany tree is a species native to South Florida and the Keys (including the Everglades National Park), as well as Cuba, Jamaica, Baham
as and the Carribean in general.  The trees are large in stature and easily grow from 50 to 75 feet in height.
Each year these trees produce unusual large and woody seed pods or capsules that are oval in shape and turn from green to chestnut brown when mature.  They range in size from 4” to 6” each and take 8 to 10 months to reach maturity.  Once mature, the pods split open from their base with the hard outer shell flaring upward in 5 petal-shaped segments, releasing the many paper-thin, winged seeds from inside.  The seed sheaths spin like mini-helicopters to the
ground when falling from atop one of these massive trees.
For parrots, these seed pods provide an all-natural and challenging foraging experience.  Best given when the pods have not fully opened, a parrot will e
xpend a great deal of energy and focus on splitting them open to reach the many seed sheaths inside. 
 

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