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Carpodetus serratus - putaputaweta, marbleleaf

Family: Roussaceae

Carpodetus serratus is an attractive tree with spreading branches and marbled light and dark green leaves with toothed margins. There is a prolonged juvenile phase with interlacing (divaricating) branches with very small rounded leaves.      
An endemic species found throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: bush up to 10 m; juvenile with interlacing branches

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 5-6 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, elliptical to oblong

Sepals: 5-6

Leaf size: 2-5 cm; juv 10-30 mm

Petals: 5-6, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: unisexual to bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5-6

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: half above petals

Leaf surface: hairs sparse, blotched

Fruit: dry