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Griselinia littoralis - pāpāuma, broadleaf

Family: Griseliniaceae

Griselinia littoralis is a small tree with a short trunk and  many heavy, spreading branches. The bright green leaves are thick, smooth and shiny.
The only genus in the family, consisting of five species in Chili and two in New Zealand.
An endemic species found throughout most of New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 17 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, oval-oblong

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 2-10 cm

Petals: 5, green

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment: sheath

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: fleshy