Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Myrsine lessertiana
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Primulaceae -- The Myrsine, Primrose Family Bibliography
      Myrsine lessertiana

Common name(s): kolea, kolea lau nui
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

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Trees or occasionally shrubs 2-8 m tall; branches purplish brown to reddish brown, often moderately stout, glabrous.
Leaves dark green to occasionally yellowish green, young ones reddish to dark reddish purple, clustered at the tips of the branches or sometimes somewhat more spread out along the upper parts of the branches, coriaceous, oblanceolate to elliptic-oblanceolate, occasionally ovate, oblong-oblanceolate, or oblong-elliptic, (4-)5-12(-15.5) cm long, 1.3-5(-7) cm wide, midrib prominent, lateral veins usually inconspicuous, sometimes moderately conspicuous, and then usually 1-5(-6) mm apart, higher order venation reticulate, obscure to visible, but not especially conspicuous, sometimes becoming slightly more conspicuous upon drying, submarginal vein present, usually ca. 1 mm from margin, glabrous, margins entire and slightly revolute, apex obtuse to rounded or occasionally acute, ± emarginate, base cuneate to attenuate, sometimes basal margins slightly recurved near juncture of petiole, petioles flattened, 0-5(-11) mm long.
Flowers apparently perfect or possibly unisexual(?) (and then plants dioecious), 5-15 or more in bracteate fascicles usually arising on woody knobs, pedicels 3-8(-9) mm long, glabrous; calyx lobes ca. 1-1.4 mm long, ciliate; petals green, tinged purple, or sometimes entirely purple, lanceolate, ca. 3-4 mm long, with conspicuous secretory lines; anthers ca. 2-2.5 mm long; stigma capitate-angled, ± fimbriate at base.
Drupes purplish black, globose to broadly ovoid, ca. 8-10 mm in diameter.