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Nestegis montana - oro-oro, narrow-leaved maire

Olive family: Oleaceae

Nestegis montana is small tree with sparsely hairy branchlets easily distinguished from the other three species by its shorter and very narrow leaves.
An endemic species, which despite its name, is found in lowland forest on the North Island south to the northern portion of the South Island.

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Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 12 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, linear-lanceolate

Sepals:  0

Leaf size: 40-90 mm; juvenile 70-150 mm

Petals: 4, green

Leaf arrangement: Opposite pairs on stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 2

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: superior

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: fleshy