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Beilschmiedia tarairi - taraire

Laurel family: Lauraceae

Beilschmedia taraire is a large forest tree with sturdy spreading branches and distinctive broad leathery oval leaves. A fine covering of hairs is present on young stems and leaves which when mature are a dark glossy green. The small flowers are followed in the autumn by erect deep purple fleshy fruits (drupes). Beilschmiedia is a mostly pan-tropical genus of aromatic evergreen trees and shrubs. The genus is named after the German botanist, Carl Traugott Beilschmied, 1793-1848.
All three species are endemic.

More on tarairi: Takana Newsletter


Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 25 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 3-5 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, broadly oblong

Tepals (sepals indistinguishable from petals): 6, green

Leaf size: 7-14 cm


Leaf arrangement: singly on the stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 9-12

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above tepals

Leaf surface: hairs on young leaves

Fruit: fleshy