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Myrsine kermadecensis - Kermadec matipo

Primula family: Primulaceae

Myrsine kermadecensis is small tree with elliptic-ovate, glossy leathery leave. Leaves are distinguished from those of the similar looking M. oliveri in being consistently dark green and having mostly smooth margins (only rarely toothed).
to Raoul Island in the Kermadec Islands.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 10 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic to obovate

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 40-70 mm

Petals: 5, green

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants or bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: recurved

Ovary: above petals

Leaf Leaf surface: blistered, wavy leaf Leaf surface; hairs

Fruit: fleshy