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Streblus smithii - Three Kings milk tree

Mullberry family: Moraceae

Streblus smithii is a sprawling shrub with large shiny leaves and very large and pendulous spikes of flowers. The bark has conspicuous raised lenticels (pores). Named after the English botanist John Smith (1798-1888), the first curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Formerly known as Paratrophis smithii.
A species endemic to the Three Kings Islands. 

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 5 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric

Leaf form: undivided, oblong

Flower size:  2-3 mm diam.

Leaf size: 10-20 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: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: smooth

Fruit: fleshy