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Aristotelia serrata - makamako, wineberry

Family: Elaeocarpaceae

Aristotelia serrata is a small tree with distinctive broad, thin leaves with marginal teeth of various sizes. Often the lower surface of the leaf and leaf stalk is pink to red and the branchlets and young leaves are covered with hairs. The small flowers are in various shades of red to pink to cream. Aristotelia, named after the Greek philosopher, Aristoteles (Aristotle, 384-322BC), is a small genus of shrubs and small trees of Australia, western South America, with two species endemic to New Zealand.
An endemic species found throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 8 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 4-6 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, oval

Sepals: 4

Leaf size: 5-12 cm

Petals: 4, white-pink

Leaf arrangement: opposite pairs on stem

Sexuality: unisexual

Leaf attachment: stipules

Stamens: variable

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface:  hairs

Fruit: Fleshy