Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Kadua axillaris
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
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      Kadua axillaris
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Moloka`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

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Shrubs or small trees 2-6 m tall, rarely lianas.
Leaves usually evenly spaced, membranous to chartaceous, oblanceolate to elliptic or obovate, 6.4-16 cm long, 2.6-6.5 cm wide, lateral veins relatively inconspicuous, arcuate, ± slightly raised on lower surface, higher order venation inconspicuous, upper surface glabrous, lower surface sparsely short-hirtellous, sometimes only along principal veins or glabrous, apex short-acuminate, acute, or sometimes obtuse or rounded, base obtuse, cuneate, or attenuate, petioles (0-)0.3-1.7 cm long, stipules 5-8 mm long, adnate to petioles only at base.
Flowers in paniculate inflorescences, axillary or on very short, leafless, lateral branches, sometimes also terminal, inflorescences 2-6 cm long, short-hirtellous or sometimes glabrous, peduncles 4-12 mm long, pedicels 2-5 mm long; calyx lobes erect or slightly spreading, narrowly deltate to linear-deltate, 0.5-0.6 mm long, glabrous or ciliate; corolla greenish white, the tube sometimes reddish tinged or purple, fleshy, fusiform in bud, salverform, the tube 4-6.5 mm long, ± puberulent, the limb gradually expanded, weakly quadrangular, the lobes linear, 2.8-3.5 mm long, each with a terminal fleshy appendage.
Fruit drupaceous, dark blue or purplish black, 4-6 mm in diameter, persistent calyx lobes erect to somewhat spreading.
2n = 72*