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Syzygium maire - maire tawake, swamp maire

Myrtle family: Myrtaceae

Syzygium maire is a tree with small oval olive-green leaves that are often mottled and blistered. Specimens in water-logged conditions often have bright red breathing roots (pneumatophores) arising from the lower trunk or from exposed roots. Formerly placed in the genus Eugenia.

An endemic species found in swampy forest areas throughout the North Island to the northern portion of the South Island.

More on maire tawake: Takana Newsletter

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 16 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetical


Flower size: 10 mm x 30-40 mm long

Leaf form: undivided, lanceolate-oblong

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 2-5 cm

Petals: 5,white

Leaf arrangement: opposite pairs on stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: numerous

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: wavy, hairless

Fruit: fleshy