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Plagianthus regius - manatu, ribbonwood, lowland ribbonwood

Malvaceae: Mallow family

Plagianthus regius is a small deciduous tree with coarsely serrate to lobed leaves. Juvenile plants have interlacing branches and small leaves. Formerly known as Plagianthus betulinus.
An endemic species found in lowland forest throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 17 m; juv with interlacing branches     

Arrangement of parts: symmetric

Juvenile form:  shrub with interlaced branches, small leaves.

Flower size: 3-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, ovate-lanceolate

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 2-8 cm; juvinile 5-15 mm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment: stipule

Stamens: 8-12

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry