Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Leptecophylla tameiameiae
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999; Lorence & Wagner, 2020.
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      Leptecophylla tameiameiae

Common name(s): `a`ali`i mahu, kanehoa, kawa`u (Lana`i, Maui), maiele, maieli, puakeawe, puakiawe, pukeawe, pukiawe, pupukiawe
General Information
DistributionThe Hawaiian and Marquesas Islands.In the Hawaiian Islands, indigenous to Ni`ihau, Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Kaho`olawe, Hawai`i.

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HabitatMesic forest to open areas of low elevation or montane wet forest, fog-swept alpine shrubland, and bogs, rarely windward coastal sites
Compact to slender, erect, and spreading shrub, sometimes treelike, occasionally dwarfed, trailing form occurs in bogs; principal stems 0.9–3(–5) m long.
Leaves often closely spaced, occasionally more widely spaced, thin or thick, coriaceous, variable in shape and size, lanceolate-oblong, oblong, or lanceolate to elliptic or ovate-elliptic, 4–10(–14) mm long, 1.5–5(–6) mm wide, adaxial surface dull or glossy, glabrous except often puberulent toward base, abaxial surface with 7–13 conspicuous veins, usually glaucous between them, margin ± minutely serrulate ciliate throughout or at base, ± revolute, often scarious, apex mucronate or with an awn to ca. 1 mm long, gradually tapering to the subsessile, usually puberulent base.
Inflorescences axillary, peduncle ca. 1.5–3 mm long, covered by ca. 5–9 imbricate bracteoles. Flowers perfect or unisexual (and then plants polygamodioecious); sepals coriaceous, similar to, but larger than bracteoles, ovate, ca. 1.2–1.7 mm long, margin scarious and usually minutely ciliate; corolla white to pale pink, (2.5–)3.5–4(–4.5) mm long, lobes spreading to recurved, glabrous or pubescent on inner surface; nectary disc small; anthers 1–1.5 mm long, pollen shed in tetrads; ovary 5–8-locular.
Fruit dark red to pink or sometimes white, dry and mealy, depressed globose, stylar base prominent at apex, 4–6 mm wide.
Seeds 5–7, pale brown, ovoid, ca. 0.2 mm long.
2n = 20*.
David Lorence