Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Literature for Melicope cornuta
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999. Literature for Melicope cornuta var. cornuta
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999. Literature for Melicope cornuta var. decurrens
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
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      Melicope cornuta
General Information
Erect palmoid shrubs 1-2(-7) m tall; main stem up to 2 cm in diameter, few-branched, branches ascending, leafy toward apex, glabrous throughout except new growth and young inflorescences.
Leaves narrowly obovate to oblong-spatulate, 12-40 cm long, 5-13 cm wide, lateral veins ascending, connected by a deeply arched vein, apex bluntly obtuse to acute, base long-attenuate or sometimes attenuate, but abruptly truncate or obtuse at juncture to petiole, petioles 2-10 mm long.
Flowers (3-)9-15 in axillary, cymose-fasciculate inflorescences, on lower stems below current leaves, peduncles nearly obsolete, pedicels 5-10 mm long, glabrous, bracts hirtellous when young; sepals suborbicular, 3-4 mm long, 5-6 mm wide, glabrous, margins ciliolate; petals broadly lanceolate, 9-16 mm long, ciliolate, otherwise glabrous; ovary 4-lobed, the carpels connate 1/2-3/4 their length; styles at first connate, but later strongly divergent as the fruit matures; stigmas linear.
Fruit cruciate, chartaceous, 16-33 mm in diameter, glabrous, carpels 10-16 mm long, upper part widely spreading in fruit, apex short-beaked, the beak 0.5-2 mm long.
Seeds 8 per carpel.
2n = 36*