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Nestegis apetala - coastal maire

Olive family:Oleaceae

Nestegis apetala is small tree with spreading, often twisted branches. Leaves are in distinctive pairs and are leathery and a dark glossy green.  Formerly Nestegis species were placed in the genus Gymnelaea.
Found in coastal areas in the upper half of the North Island including northern offshore islands and Norfolk Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 6 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic to oblong

Sepals: 0

Leaf size: 40-70 mm

Petals: 4, green

Leaf arrangement: Opposite pairs on stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 2

Leaf margin: smooth, curved under

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: leaf  glossy, undulate, hairless

Fruit: fleshy