Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Antidesma pulvinatum
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Phyllanthaceae Bibliography
      Antidesma pulvinatum

Common name(s): ha`a, ha`amaile, hame, hamehame, mehame, mehamehame
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

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Trees (2-)4-12 m tall, with irregularly corrugated bark.
Leaves thin and chartaceous, ovate to broadly elliptic, or occasionally elliptic-obovate, 7.5-15(-20) cm long, 4-8(-10.5) cm wide, upper surface glabrous, lower surface with conspicuous tufts of hairs in the angles formed by the lateral veins and midrib, at least in those toward base of the leaf, sometimes also puberulent along veins, base truncate to cordate, often asymmetrical, petioles straight, 12-30 mm long, tomentose, stipules linear-lanceolate, ca. 4-5 mm long, quickly deciduous.
Flowers in axillary panicles; staminate flowers in densely tomentose panicles 5-6 cm long, sessile, bracts ca. 0.5 mm long, calyx 4-lobed, ca. 0.5 mm long, densely tomentose, petals vestigial, stamens 4, exserted, filaments ca. 2 mm long, ovary vestigial; pistillate flowers in panicles 4-9 cm long, pedicels (1.5-)2-5 mm long, bracts ca. 0.3-0.5 mm long, calyx 4-6(-8)-lobed, ca. 0.8-1 mm long, tomentose, less densely so than in staminate flowers, ovary tomentose, style terminal.
Fruit reddish to dark purple, fleshy, compressed, 4-7 mm long, 3-4.5 mm thick.