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This beautiful and quirky vintage dish was made in the Philippines from Monkey Pod Wood. A five-section tropical leaf or hibiscus flower is beautifully rendered in smooth, rich hardwood.

This tray's large size and 5 divided compartments makes it one of the largest and most useful platters of this style we have seen!

Looks great in the kitchen, bar, patio, or your shop!

If you want to have a retro style tiki party, this tray is a must-have!

This tray measures approximately:
15.4" inches at it's longest
12.1" inches at it's average width
2.3" inches tall

Still has the original label on the bottom – “Dolphin Genuine Monkey-Pod Made in Philippines.”

In excellent vintage condition with some normal rubbing and scratches from use and age--see photos.


Albizia saman is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is native to the Neotropics. Its range extends from Mexico south to Peru and Brazil, but it has been widely introduced to South and Southeast Asia, as well as the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii. Common names include saman, rain tree and monkeypod (see also below). It is often placed in the genus Samanea, which by yet other authors is subsumed in Albizia entirely.

Known as the rain tree, monkey pod, cenizaro, saman, and cow tamarind, Samanea saman is a tall canopied tree with a large symmetrical crown. It is native to the mainland neotropics, from Mexico south to Peru and Brazil, but has been widely introduced to the Pacific islands, including Hawaii, where it is categorized as an invasive species.

In the summer of 2005, Shepard took part in the Contemporary Museum "Catalyst Artist in Residence" program. As part of his installation for this program, Shepard decorated the famous monkey pod tree on the grounds of the museum with the floral designs later seen in the Floral Pattern Print Set. The installation later became the model for the 3 monkey pod prints seen below.

Vtg Large Monkeypod Wooden Divided Hibiscus Flower Leaf Tray. South Asian Pacific Monkey Pod Wood Platter. Made in Philippines by Dolphin.