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Ascarina lucida - hutu

Family: Chloranthaceae

Ascarina lucida is a woody shrub recognised by its reddish-purple branchlets and opposite glossy leaves with toothed margins and tiny flowers in lax spikes. 
An endemic species found throughout New Zealand preferring moist lowland and coastal forest but uncommon outside of the Coromandel Peninsula of the North Island and western areas of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 6 m

Arrangement of parts: asymmetrical


Flower size: 1-1.5 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic to oval

Sepals: 0

Leaf size: 2-7 cm

Petals: 0

Leaf arrangement: in opposite pairs along the stem

Sexuality: unisexual, on the same plant

Leaf attachment: stipule

Stamens: 1

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: fleshy