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NZ Plants

Griselinia lucida - puka, akapuka

Family: Griseliniaceae

Griselinia lucida is a shrub with spreading branches. The leaves are larger and more glossy than those of Griselinia littoralis and have very unequal sides. Commonly found growing on other trees (epiphytic), sending down distinctive longitudinally furrowed woody roots.

An endemic species found throughout most of New Zealand.

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Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 8 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size:  2-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, ovate, oblong with unequal sides

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 7-17 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