Melicytus macrophyllus

  • Melicytus macrophyllus showing new growth
  • Melcityus macrophyllus showing new growth
  • Melicytus macrophyllus
  • Melicytus macrophyllus
  • Melicytus macrophyllus
  • Melicytus macrophyllus
  • Melicytus macrophyllus

Species

Melicytus macrophyllus

Etymology

Melicytus: From the Greek meli (honey) and kytos (hollow container), referring to the staminal nectaries of the flowers. Literally "honey-cave"
macrophyllus: Big leaf

Common Name(s)

Large-leaved mahoe

Current Threat Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Previous Threat Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened

Authority

Melicytus macrophyllus A.Cunn.

Family

Violaceae

Brief Description

Small bushy tree bearing many leathery oval leaves that have a few bumps on the margin inhabiting Northland and Auckland. Leaves 7-14cm long by 4-10cm wide, central vein green, vein network more visible on the underside. Flowers small, yellowish, scattered in groups along twig. Fruit purple.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Synonyms

None

Distribution

Endemic. North Island from near Kaitaia south the the Waitakere Ranges in the west and Mt William (near Bombay) in the east. Reports of the species from near Dunedin are based on mislabelled herbarium specimens

Main Flower Colour

Black

Other Flower Colour

Black

Propagation Technique

Easily grown from fresh and semi-hardwood cuttings. An attractive shurb to small-tree which is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions and light levels. Does best when planted under taller trees.

Threats

Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 32

Endemic Taxon

Yes

Endemic Genus

No

Endemic Family

No

 

   

This page last updated on 6 Dec 2014

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