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Streblus banksii - turepo, ewekuri, large-leaved milk tree

Mullberry family: Moraceae

Streblus banksii is a robust large bush with spreading and somewhat weeping branches bearing large oval and dark green leaves. The inconspicuous tiny flowers are closely spaced on distinctive pendulous spikes. The bark has conspicuous raised lenticels. A genus distributed throughout the Pacific region including Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Formerly known as Paratrophis banksii.

An endemic species of coastal forest on the North Island south to the northern portion of the South Island.

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Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 8 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric

Leaf form: undivided, oval; juvenile elliptic, deeply lobed

Flower size: 2-3 mm diam.

Leaf size: 4-9 cm

Tepals (sepals indistinguishable from petals): 4, green

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment: stipule

Stamens: 4

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: fleshy