Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Melicope barbigera
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Rutaceae -- The Rue Family Bibliography
      Melicope barbigera

Common name(s): alani, alani kuahiwi, uahiapele (Kaua`i)
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Kaua`i.

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Small trees 3-12 m tall, new growth grayish appressed puberulent.
Leaves dull green, weakly scented when crushed, chartaceous, with a waxy scurf, ± slightly folded, narrowly elliptic, rarely elliptic, 8-20(-30) cm long, 5-6.5(-9) cm wide, primary lateral veins usually 12-16 pairs, inconspicuous except paler than surface, connected by a strongly arched vein 1-8 mm from margin, lower surface densely soft villous in a line along each side of midrib, less so on surface away from midrib, apex obtuse to bluntly acute, usually with a short mucro, sometimes ± slightly emarginate, base rounded to subtruncate and ± emarginate, petioles 25-70 mm long.
Flowers 3-5 in grayish appressed puberulent cymes, peduncles 20-25 mm long, pedicels 1-5 mm long, bracts and bracteoles 6-8 mm long, caducous; sepals narrowly ovate, 3-4 mm long, grayish appressed puberulent, apex acute; petals deltate-ovate, 5-8 mm long, grayish appressed puberulent; nectary disk puberulent; ovary puberulent.
Fruit 20-40 mm wide, consisting of 4 follicles, these ± recurved, sometimes 1 or more abortive, 10-20 mm long, thin-walled, veins conspicuous, exocarp glabrate, endocarp glabrous.
Seeds 1-2 per carpel, 4-7 mm long.