Scientific Name:
Melicytus micranthus (Hook.f.) Hook.f., Bot. Antarct. Voy. II. (Fl. Nov.-Zel.) Part I, 18 (1852)
  • Elaeodendron micranthum Hook.f., London J. Bot. 3: 228 (1844)
Vernacular Name(s):
Manakura; Swamp mahoe

Shrub up to 2 m. tall or occ. more; branches stiff ± interlaced; branchlets stiff, ± pubescent. Lvs sts fascicled; petioles slender 3–5–(10) mm. long, ± pubescent; lamina subcoriac., 1–2.5 × 1–2 cm., elliptic- to obovate-oblong to broad-ovate, sinuate to subcrenate, sts sub- entire. Fls minute, axillary, solitary or 2–3 together; pedicels ± pubescent; ♂ with short ± ciliate rounded calyx-lobes; petals oblong, twice length of calyx; anthers broad, sessile; connective flat. ♀ calyx and petals as in ♂; style short, stout; stigma discoid, 3–5-lobed. Berry 3–4 mm. diam., obovoid to subglobose, dark purple; seeds (1)–4.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

Indigenous (Endemic)
Number of subspecific taxa in New Zealand within Melicytus micranthus (Hook.f.) Hook.f.
Indigenous (Endemic)2

Flowering: Oct.–Apr.; Fruiting: Nov.–May.

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]
Hooker, J.D. 1844: Catalogue of the names of a collection of plants made by Mr W.M. Stephenson in New Zealand. London Journal of Botany 3: 411–418.
Hooker, J.D. 1852–1853 ("1853"): The Botany of the Antarctic Voyage of H.M. Discovery Ships Erebus and Terror in the Years 1839–1843, under the command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross. II. Flora Novae-Zelandiae. Part I. Flowering plants. Lovell Reeve, London.
Kirk,T. 1899: The Students' Flora of New Zealand and the Outlying Islands. Government Printer, Wellington, N.Z.