Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
   Amaranthaceae -- The Amaranth, Goosefoot Family Bibliography
      Charpentiera elliptica
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Kaua`i.

Amaranthaceae - Charpentiera elliptica Amaranthaceae - Charpentiera elliptica

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Trees up to 6 m tall; stems 1.5-2.75 mm in diameter near apex, internodes 1-4(-14) mm long, apices and leaf primordia pale yellowish brown tomentose.
Leaves somewhat coriaceous to stiffly coriaceous, elliptic to lanceolate, 5-15.5(-21) cm long, 2-6(-9) cm wide, lateral veins 10-15 pairs, glabrous, margins entire, usually with a well-developed marginal rib, apex acute to obtuse, base obtuse or rounded, petioles 1.5-6.5(-18) cm long.
Panicles 10-63 cm long, simple or compound, with 12-20 primary branches 4-20 cm long, each branch subtended by 1 bract, glabrous or puberulent at base, peduncles 3-15 cm long, flowers 8-20 per branch, internodes between individual flowers 4-12 mm long, but some flowers as close as 0.3 mm apart; sepals 1.75-2.5 mm long, discernably 3-7-veined.
Seeds ca. 1.5 mm long.