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Streblus heterophyllus - turepo, small-leaved milk tree

Mullberry family: Moraceae

Streblus heterophyllus is an erect shrub with small leaves. Juveniles have slender, interlaced branches with lobed leaves. The tiny flowers are borne on short erect spikes. Formerly known as Paratrophis microphylla.
An endemic species found in lowland forest throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 12 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric

Juvenile form: shrub with flexuous, interlacing branches

Flower size:  2-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic; juvenle broad-oval, lobed


Leaf size: 1-4 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; juv toothed or lobed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: fleshy