Scientific Name:
Pennantia corymbosa J.R.Forst. & G.Forst., Char. Gen. Pl., ed. 2. 134 (1776)
Vernacular Name(s):
Ahikōmau; Hine-kaikōmako; Kahikōmako; Kaikōmako

Canopy tree up to c. 10 m. tall, with slender trunk; bark grey; branchlets, petioles and infl. pubescent. Juvenile plant shrubby, with slender, flexible, ± interlacing divaricating branchlets. Lvs sts fascicled, distant on short slender petioles; lamina 7–15 × 5–10 mm., ± obovate, cuneately narrowed to base, ± lobed or toothed towards apex. Adult with lvs on slender petioles up to ± 1 cm. long; lamina coriac., oblong to obovate-oblong, (2)–5–10 × 1–4 cm., sinuate or irregularly rather coarsely crenate-dentate or lobed or rarely entire. Panicles 4–8 cm. long; fls fragrant, small, unisexual; petals 5, white. ♂ with filaments > petals; anthers large, versatile; ovary rud. ♀with filaments < petals; anthers erect. Ovary oblong; stigma 3-lobed. Drupe black, c. 8–9 mm. long.

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

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Nov.–Feb.; Fruiting: Jan.–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]
Forster, J.R.; Forster, G. 1776: Characteres Generum Plantarum quas in Itinere ad Insulas Maris Australis Collegerunt, Descripserunt, Delinearunt, Annis. Edition 2. White, Cadell & Elmsley, London.