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Nestegis lanceolata - maire, white maire

Olive family:Oleaceae

Nestegis lanceolata is a tree with spreading branches and young branchlets sparsely covered with hairs. The opposite leaves are similar to those of N. cunninghamii but are somewhat smaller and more narrow, with a midrib not recessed on the upper leaf Leaf surface and veins not so clearly visible on the lower leaf Leaf surface.
An endemic species found from the North Island south to the northern portion of the South Island.

More on maire: Takana Newsletter


Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 15 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, lanceolate; juv narrow-linear

Sepals: 0

Leaf size: 50-100 mm; juvenile 70-150 mm

Petals: 4, green

Leaf arrangement: Opposite pairs on stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 2-4

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: superior

Leaf surface: hairs on new growth

Fruit: fleshy