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Geniostoma ligustrifolium - hangehange

Family: Loganiaceae

Geniostoma ligustrifolium  is a common shrub characterised by brittle branches bearing small, bright apple-green and sharply pointed leaves arranged in opposite pairs along a dark stem. A genus with about 25 species widely distributed across the Pacific, Australia, Madagascar, Mauritius and Malaysia.
An endemic species with three varieties found in the North Island to the northern portion of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 4 m

Arrangement of parts symmetric


Flower size: 4-8 mm diam.

Leaf form:  undivided, elliptic

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 4-8 cm

Petals: 5, green

Leaf arrangement: in opposite pairs on the stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment: stipules

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth to irregular

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless, shiny

Fruit: dry with flesh around seeds