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Ackama rosifolia - makamaka

Family: Cunoniaceae

Ackama rosifolia is a small tree with light green leaves divided into pairs of toothed leaflets that are often red on the underside. Both branchlet and leaf underside is covered with brown hairs. The small size of the tiny flowers is offset by their arrangement into large many branched and showy clusters.
Ackama is a small genus with two species in Australia and two in New Zealand.

An endemic species found on the northern half of the North Island.

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Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 12 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetrical


Flower size: 2-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: divided into 5-6 pair of elliptic leaflets; juv with up to 10 pair of leaflets

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: leaf 5-25 cm long with 2-8 cm leaflets

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: opposite pairs along the stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: stipule

Stamens: 10

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs; pores (domatia) on under side

Fruit: dry