Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Alyxia stellata
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999; Lorence & Wagner, 2020.
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      Alyxia stellata

Common name(s): maile
General Information
DistributionWidespread and variable over the Pacific Islands from the Solomon and Caroline Islands to the Austral and Henderson Islands and north to the Hawaiian Islands.In the Hawaiian Islands, indigenous to Ni`ihau, Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Kaho`olawe, Hawai`i.

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Twining liana, scandent shrub, or small erect shrub with white milky sap.
Leaves ternate, sometimes opposite, often both types on the same stem, adaxial surface glossy, abaxial surface paler, fragrant after a time when crushed, short-petiolate; blade lanceolate or ovate to linear-lanceolate, elliptic, or suborbicular, 0.7‒6(‒9) cm long, (0.5‒)0.8‒3.5(‒4.3) cm wide, glabrous, margin entire, often revolute, apex acuminate to rounded, rarely retuse, base cuneate to rounded; petiole 0.3‒1 cm long.
Inflorescences an axillary, umbellate cyme, flowers (2)3‒5, peduncle 1‒1.5 cm long. Flowers on pedicel 0.3‒0.8 cm long; calyx lobes ovate, partly folded, somewhat saccate toward base, 0.9‒1.5 mm long, margin scarious and puberulent; corolla greenish to yellowish white, tube expanding toward apex, 4‒5 mm long, lobes ca. 1.5‒2 mm long.
Fruit ovoid, often moniliform, consisting of 2‒3(4) joints.
Seeds 1 per carpel or joint, ovoid, furrowed on the adaxial side.
2n = ca. 36 39*.
Nancy Khan