Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Melicytus obovatus (Kirk) Garn.-Jones in Connor & Edgar, New Zealand J. Bot. 25: 128 (1987)
Synonymy:
  • Hymenanthera obovata Kirk, Trans. New Zealand Inst. 27: 350 (1894 [1895])
Lectotype. New Zealand, South Island, Nelson: limestone rocks between Takaka and Riwaka, T. Kirk s.n., Mar 1885, WELT SP029564! (fide Allan 1961, p. 196).
 Description

Erect to spreading dioec. shrub up to 3 m. tall, us. less; branchlets pubescent when young. Lvs of juvenile plants membr., obovate, toothed or lobed; lvs of adults coriac., on petioles 2–3 mm. long; lamina obovate to elliptic to obovate-oblong, obtuse or retuse, (1)–1·5–4 cm. × 7–15 mm.; margins thickened and slightly revolute, entire to slightly sinuate, rarely with 1 to 3 blunt teeth. Fls solitary or in fascicles, 3–4 mm. diam., on straight to decurved pedicels ± 4 mm. long; bracts below middle. ♂ with ovate sepals, free almost to base; petals pale yellow, revolute at tips; scales narrow-cuneate; membrane with lanceolate, fimbriate processes. ♀ smaller, petals broader. Fr. 3–5 mm. diam., subglobose to ovoid; style 2-fid; seeds (1)–2, plano-convex.

[From:  Allan  (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1 as Hymenanthera obovata Kirk]

 Biostatus
Indigenous (Endemic)
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Connor, H.E.; Edgar, E. 1987: Name changes in the indigenous New Zealand flora, 1960–1986 and Nomina Nova IV, 1983–1986. New Zealand Journal of Botany 25: 115–170.
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