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NZ Plants

Myrsine oliveri -Three Kings matipo

Primula family: Primulaceae

Myrsine oliveri is a shrub with obovate, glossy leaves. Leaves are distinctive in that they range from yellow-green to tinged with pink and have toothed margins towards the leaf tip.
An species endemic to the Three Kings Islands.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 6 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic to obovate

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 50-120 mm

Petals: 5, green

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants or bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin:  toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: fleshy