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Quintinia serrata - tāwheowheo

Family: Paracryphiaceae

Quintinia serrata is a small tree characterised by leathery, elliptic leaves with wavy margins that often have reddish blotches. Young stems have circular scales and leaves have numerous, tiny and recessed shield-shaped glands.  A genus of around 25 species found in the Philippines, New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. The genus is named after the French botanist Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinie (1626-1688).
An endemic species found on the North and South Islands.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 12 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 3-7 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, linear, linear- lanceolate

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 70-150 mm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: alternate

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: below petals

Leaf Leaf surface: hairless, undulating, glands

Fruit: dry