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Raukaua anomalus

Ivy family: Araliaceae

Raukaua anomalus is a small shrub distinguished by its zig-zag (divaricating) interlaced branches which are bristly when young. The leaves have a flattened leaf stalk (petiole) which is jointed where it connects to the leaf blade. A genus with undivided and jointed adult leaves and a prolonged juvenile phase with leaves divided into two or more leaflets. Found throughout New Zealand.
An endemic genus with three species which were formerly placed in Neopanax or Pseudopanax.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 4 m; interlacing branches

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided; juv divided into 3 leaflets

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 8-16 mm

Petals: 5, green

Leaf arrangement: singly along the stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: fleshy