Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
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      Charpentiera obovata
General Information
DistributionOn all of the main islands of Hawaii except Ni`ihau and Kaho`olawe.In the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

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HabitatOccurs in mesic to sometimes wet forest
Elevation190-1750 m
Trees up to 4.5(-6) m tall, often shrubby; stems 0.6-1.8 mm in diameter directly below apex, internodes (0.7-)3-10(-16) mm long, apices and leaf primordia pale brown tomentose.
Leaves somewhat coriaceous, obovate to somewhat elliptic, 3-12.5 cm long, 1-5.5 cm wide, lateral veins 10-15 pairs, usually glabrous, margins entire with usually well developed marginal ribs, apex acute, obtuse, or rounded, base acute or obtuse, petioles 0.2-5.5 cm long.
Panicles 10-40 cm long, with 5-20 primary branches 2-20 cm long, each branch subtended by 1 bract 0.6-1.25 mm long, glabrous to tomentulose in the axils of branches and bracts, peduncles 1-5 cm long, flowers 5-20 per branch, internodes between individual flowers 3-9 mm long, but some flowers as close as 1.1 mm apart; sepals 1.5-.25 mm long, 3-5 veined.
Seeds ca. 1.5 mm long.