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NZ Plants

Hedycarya arborea - porokaiwhiri, pigeonwood

Family: Monimiaceae

Hedycarya arborea is a tree with oblong, leathery leaves. The stem is somewhat flattened where leaves are joined to it. A genus of over 60 species found in SE Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Polynesia.
An endemic species found in lowland forest from the North Island to the middle of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 15 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic-oval

Flower size: 5-12 mm diam

Leaf size: 5-12 cm

Tepals (sepals indistinguishable from petals): 5-10, green

Leaf arrangement: in opposite pairs on the stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: numerous

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: numerous, above the petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: fleshy