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Lophomyrtus obcordata - rohutu, New Zealand myrtle

Myrtle family: Myrtaceae

Lophomyrtus obcordata is a shrub with small leathery, gland-dotted and round to heart-shaped leaves. Formerly known as Myrtus obcordata.
A genus endemic to New Zealand with two species both of which are found throughout the country.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 6 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 6-8 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, ovate to heart-shaped

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 6-12 mm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: in opposite pairs

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: numerous

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: smooth

Fruit: dry