Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Coprosma menziesii
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
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      Coprosma menziesii
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Hawai`i.

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Dioecious, many-branched, diffuse shrubs, occasionally scandent; stems 2-4(-6) m long, lateral branches ascending to widely spreading, youngest ones sparsely to densely puberulent.
Leaves opposite, elliptic-ovate to ovate or oblanceolate to occasionally obovate, 18-60 mm long, 12-25 mm wide, pinnately veined, upper surface glabrous except coarsely puberulent along lower portion of midrib, sometimes completely glabrous, lower surface glabrous, apex acute to rounded and inconspicuously mucronulate, base attenuate to cuneate, petioles 3-10 mm long, upper surface puberulent, stipules broadly deltate, 1.8-3 mm long, connate 1/2-2/3 their length, margins short-ciliate, apex abruptly short-acuminate, with a small appendage ± surrounded by a tuft of hairs, occasionally with 2 smaller lateral appendages, base puberulent.
Flowers 1-4, 5-7-merous, peduncles 1.5-15 mm long, coarsely puberulent or glabrous; staminate flowers with calyx cup-shaped, ca. 0.4-0.6 mm long, the teeth whitish ciliate, corolla funnelform, 4-7 mm long, the lobes 3-4 mm long; pistillate flowers with calyx cup-shaped, ca. 0.4-0.8 mm long, the teeth usually whitish ciliate, corolla narrowly funnelform, 2.5-4 mm long, the lobes ca. 1-2 mm long.
Fruit bright orange or yellowish orange, ovoid, 5-6 mm long, apex with persistent calyx teeth.