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Melicytus ramiflorus - māhoe, whitey-wood

Violet family: Violaceae

Melicytus ramiflorus is a small fast-growing tree with numerous brittle branches bearing elliptic leaves with blunt marginal teeth. The small flowers are prolific and are borne in dense clusters at the base of leaves or on bare branches.
An endemic species found throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 12 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 3-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic-oblong

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 50-120 mm

Petals: 5, female green, male yellow

Leaf arrangement: alternate

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment: stipules

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: fleshy