Scientific Name:
Myrsine divaricata A.Cunn., Ann. Nat. Hist. 2: 47 (1839)
  • Rapanea divaricata (A.Cunn.) W.R.B.Oliver, Rec. Auckland Inst. Mus. 4: 112 (1951)
  • = Suttonia divaricata (A.Cunn.) Hook.f., Bot. Antarct. Voy. I. (Fl. Antarct.) Part I, 51, t. 34 (1844)
  • = Myrsine pendula Colenso, Trans. & Proc. New Zealand Inst. 21: 94 (1888 [1889])
Vernacular Name(s):
weeping mapou; weeping matipo

Shrub up to ± 3m. tall; bark rough, dark brown; branches spreading rigid; branchlets us. drooping, stiff, ± pubescent when young. Lvs alt. or in fascicles on arrested branchlets, on short petioles. Lamina coriac. 5–15–(20) × 5–10–(15) mm., broad-obovate to obcordate, emarginate to retuse or sts 2-lobed at apex; margins flat to recurved, ± ciliolate when young. Infl. of few-fld fascicles or fls solitary. Fls 2–3 mm. diam.; calyx-lobes 5, ovate; petals 4–(5), free, obovate, revolute; style short; stigma capitate or lobed. Fr. subturbinate-globose, 4–5 mm. diam., purplish.

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

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Jun.–Nov.; Fruiting: Aug.–Apr.

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