Scientific Name:
Nestegis lanceolata (Hook.f.) L.A.S.Johnson, Fl. Hawaiiensis [Degener] F. Hawaiiensis [Degener] 300 (1958)
  • Olea lanceolata Hook.f., Bot. Antarct. Voy. II. (Fl. Nov.-Zel.) Part I, 176 (1853)
  • Gymnelaea lanceolata (Hook.f.) L.A.S.Johnson, Contr. New South Wales Natl. Herb., Fl. Ser. 2: 412 (1957)
Vernacular Name(s):
Maire; Maire raunui; Maire rauriki; white maire

Tree up to c. 15 m. tall; trunk up to c. 1 m. diam.; branches rather slender; branchlets with pale bark. Lvs on petioles up to ± 10 mm. long. Lamina coriac., smooth, somewhat glossy above; of juveniles linear, acuminate; of adults narrow- to ovate-lanceolate to narrow-elliptic, acute to subacuminate; midrib ± impressed above, somewhat prominent below. Racemes 5–10–(14)-fld, c. 1–2 cm. long; axis and pedicels glab. or very nearly so. ♂ with 2–(4) exserted anthers > 2 mm. long; ♀ with large 2-lobed stigma and more deeply lobed calyx. Drupe ± oblong-ovoid, 10–12 mm. long; seeds us. 2 per locule.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1 as Olea lanceolata Hook.f.]

Indigenous (Endemic)
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]
Green, P.S. 1963: The Genus Nestegis from New Zealand. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 44: 377–389.
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.
Johnson, L.A.S. 1957: A Review of the Family Oleaceae. Contributions from the New South Wales Herbarium, Flora Series 2: 395–418.
Johnson, L.A.S. 1958: Nestegis. Degener, O. (ed.) Flora Hawaiiensis.