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Elingamita johnsonii - Three Kings Elingamita

Primula family: Primulaceae

Elingamita johnsonii is a many branched shrub with a spreading canopy. The large leathery leaves are a dark glossy green. Flowers are small but the bright red fleshy fruits are very conspicuous.The genus Elingamita contains just the one species and was formerly placed in the Myrsinaceae. Named after the steamer Elingamite which was wrecked on West Island of the Three Kings group in 1902.
to the Three Kings Islands.

More on Three Kings Elingamita: Takana Newsletter


Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 8 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 3-5 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, oblong

Sepals: 4-6

Leaf size: 100-180 mm

Petals: 4-6, green

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 4-5

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: fleshy