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

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Small trees 2-7 m tall, new growth densely whitish to pale brown appressed pilose and with a waxy scurf, becoming glabrate.
Leaves opposite, glossy and medium green on upper surface, lower surface paler, thin, coriaceous, elliptic, oblong-elliptic, or elliptic-obovate, 4-20(-30) cm long, 2-9(-10) cm wide, primary lateral veins evident but not raised, at first slightly purplish, later greenish, usually 12-15 pairs, connected by an evident arched vein 1-8 mm from margin, glabrous except midrib sparsely ephemerally puberulent, apex rounded to obtuse, ± mucronulate or emarginate, base rounded, cuneate, or weakly subcordate, petioles 10-50 mm long, distinctly swollen at or near midrib junction, minutely puberulent and scurfy, soon glabrate.
Flowers 5-15(-21) in puberulent, axillary cymes, peduncles 3-15 mm long, elongating up to 20 mm long in fruit, pedicels 2-5 mm long; staminate flowers with sepals deltate-ovate, ca. 3.5 mm long, puberulent, petals deltate, 4-5 mm long, glabrous, nectary disk glabrate, ovary minutely whitish puberulent; pistillate flowers with sepals deltate-ovate, ca. 3 mm long, puberulent, petals yellowish green, narrowly deltate-ovate, 3.5-4.5 mm long, glabrous, nectary disk glabrate, ovary whitish puberulent, style minutely puberulent.
Capsules dark green, 6-7 mm long, 11-20 mm wide, carpels almost completely connate or connate (1/3-)1/2 their length, becoming somewhat reflexed at dehiscence, 6-9 mm long, exocarp puberulent, ± becoming glabrate, endocarp very sparsely puberulent along suture or sometimes glabrous.
Seeds 1-2 per carpel, 5-8 mm long.