|Dicotyledon|| Literature for Leptecophylla tameiameiae
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999; Lorence & Wagner, 2020.
|Ericaceae -- The Epacris, Heath Family||Bibliography|
Common name(s): `a`ali`i mahu, kanehoa, kawa`u (Lana`i, Maui), maiele, maieli, puakeawe, puakiawe, pukeawe, pukiawe, pupukiawe
|Distribution||The 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.|
|Habitat||Mesic 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*.