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Ixerba brexioides - tāwari

Family: Strasburgeriaceae

Ixerba brexioides is a small tree bearing leathery, lance-shaped leaves with a toothed margin. The flowers are large and showy. The fruit opens to expose conspicuous glossy black seeds surrounded by fleshy orange tissue (the aril). The Strasburgeriaceae is a small family with one other genus, Strasburgeria, endemic to New Caledonia. Named after the German botanist, Eduard Strasburger (1844-1912)
An endemic genus with one species found in the central portion of the North Island. Formerly placed in its own family, the Ixerbaceae.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 20 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 25-35 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, linear to lanceolate

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 60-160 mm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: opposite pairs, singly or in whorls along the stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: dry