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Melicytus micranthus - manakura, shrubby māhoe, small-leaved māhoe

Violet family: Violaceae

Melicytus micranthus is a shrub to small tree with stiff interlaced branches.  Leaves have particularly obvious veins and are solitary or in clusters. Leaf margins have shallow rounded teeth and have a variable shape but are most commonly widest at the middle.
An endemic species found throughout the North and South Islands.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 5 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic-oblong

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 10-25  mm

Petals: 5, green

Leaf arrangement: alternate or in clusters

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment: stipules

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: sparse hairs

Fruit: fleshy