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Elaeocarpus hookerianus - pōkākā

Family: Elaeocarpaceae

Elaeocarpus hookerianus, is a small tree with leathery leaves that differ from those of E. dentata in that they are smaller and have more distinctly toothed margins that are not downturned. Juvenile plants have a many-branched, interlacing (divaricating) form with small brown-green toothed and lobed leaves of variable form. Named after the British botanist and Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911).
An endemic species found throughout the country, being more common at higher elevations in the northern areas.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Adult form: tree up to 12 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric

Juvenile form: Interlacing branches (divaricating)

Flower size: 6-10 mm diam

Leaf form: undivided, lanceolate-oblong; juv. toothed

Sepals: 4-5

Leaf size: 3-11 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