Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Melicope feddei
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Rutaceae -- The Rue Family Bibliography
      Melicope feddei
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Kaua`i.

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Sprawling, prostrate, or erect shrubs 1-2 m tall, new growth minutely yellowish or grayish puberulent, quickly becoming glabrate; young branches reddish brown.
Leaves opposite, thin, coriaceous or chartaceous, narrowly to broadly elliptic, oblong-elliptic, or elliptic-obovate, 2-8(-14) cm long, 1-6 cm wide, primary lateral veins usually 12-18 pairs, connected by a slightly sinuate vein 0.5-2 mm from margin, slightly more prominent than higher order venation, both surfaces glabrous, glandular punctate, apex rounded and emarginate, obtuse, or subacute, base rounded to cuneate, petioles 5-25 mm long, but if less than 10 mm long, then leaves less than 5 cm long.
Flowers 1-5(-15) in glabrous, resinous cymes up to 4 cm long, peduncles 1-18 mm long, pedicels slender, 5-17 mm long, bracteoles lanceolate, ca. 0.8 mm long; sepals deltate, 2-2.5 mm long, glabrous or sparsely puberulent, glandular punctate; petals elliptic-ovate to ovate, 3-5 mm long, glabrous, glandular punctate; ovary glabrous, ca. 1.2 mm long and 1.6 mm wide; style 0.7-0.8 mm long; stigmas narrowly clavate.
Capsules reddish green, 16-25(-30) mm wide, carpels connate 1/6-1/4 their length, 7-12(-14) mm long, slightly ascending, exocarp chartaceous, glabrous or with a few scattered minute hairs at base or along the suture, endocarp glabrous or with a few hairs near the suture.
Seeds 1-2 per carpel, 4-8 mm long.