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Elaeocarpus dentatus - h─źnau

Family: Elaeocarpaceae

Elaeocarpus dentatus, is a tree with a broad crown, leathery leaves with slightly toothed margins that tend to curl downward and clusters of pendent, bell-shaped flowers. Juvenile plants have very narrow and long thin leaves. Elaeocarpus is a genus of tropical and subtropical trees and shrubs distributed from Madagascar, India, Southeast Asia, China, Japan to Australia with two endemic species in New Zealand.
An endemic species found throughout the North Island southward to the middle of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 20 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 8-12 mm diam

Leaf form: undivided, oval-oblong

Sepals: 4-5

Leaf size: 6-10 cm

Petals: 4-5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: stipules

Stamens: 10-20

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs and pores (domatia) on undersurface

Fruit: fleshy