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NZ Plants

Melicytus flexuosus

Violet family: Violaceae

Melicytus flexuosus is a woody shrub forms characteristic tangles of flexible interlaced grey-green branches which are mostly leafless in the open. Leaves, when present are so small as to be inconspicuous, as are the bell-like flowers are born singly at the base of leaves.
An endemic species found in the central North Island and the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, linear-oblong

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 10-20 mm

Petals: 5, yellow

Leaf arrangement: alternate or in clusters

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment: stipule

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: fleshy