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

Rutaceae - Melicope molokaiensis

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Sprawling shrubs 2-4 m tall, sometimes small trees up to ca. 7 m tall, new growth minutely yellowish brown appressed puberulent, branches glabrate.
Leaves opposite, coriaceous, brittle with age, broadly elliptic to suborbicular or ovate, rarely obovate-elliptic, 3-12.5 cm long, 2-8 cm wide, primary lateral veins usually 6-9 pairs, connected by a moderately arched vein 2-6 mm from margin, occasionally with a few intervening reticulations, both surfaces glabrate, young leaves sparsely minutely puberulent, midrib on lower surface sometimes persistently short-hirtellous, margins ± revolute, apex rounded, ± emarginate, base subcordate, subtruncate, or broadly cuneate, petioles 5-28 mm long, but at least some of them more than 10 mm long.
Flowers 3-5(-9) in axillary cymes up to 3 cm long, sparsely minutely puberulent and slightly waxy scurfy, peduncles 5-20 mm long, pedicels 2-8 mm long, bracteoles 1.5-2 mm long; sepals broadly ovate, ca. 2.5 mm long, ± minutely puberulent and minutely ciliate; petals broadly deltate-ovate, 4-5 mm long, ca. 2.7 mm wide, glabrous; nectary disk glabrous; ovary glabrous; style ca. 1.7 mm long, glabrous.
Capsules 21-39 mm wide, carpels connate ca. 1/4 their length, spreading at 180º to one another or slightly reflexed, 10-17 mm long, exocarp and endocarp glabrous.
Seeds 6-8 mm long.