Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Myrsine linearifolia
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Primulaceae -- The Myrsine, Primrose Family Bibliography
      Myrsine linearifolia
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Kaua`i.

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Branched shrubs 2.5-8 m tall; branches green to reddish brown, ascending, slender, glabrous.
Leaves often yellowish purple toward base, well-distributed on the upper branches or somewhat clustered toward the ends, slightly fleshy, linear, 5-9 cm long, 0.25-0.4 cm wide, midrib prominent, venation otherwise obscure, glabrous except margins sparsely ciliate toward base and ± with minute rectangular, glandular hairs on upper surface near the base, inconspicuously punctate, margins entire and slightly revolute, apex falcate, long-attenuate, and usually slightly hooked, base attenuate, petioles flattened, winged, 1-2 mm long.
Flowers apparently perfect, 1-3 in bracteolate fascicles among the leaves, pedicels 1-4.2 mm long, glabrous to sparsely puberulent; calyx lobes ca. 0.5-1 mm long, glabrous, margins ciliate; petals greenish, oblanceolate, ca. 2.2-2.5 mm long, margins ciliate; anthers 1.6-1.8 mm long, apex glabrous or with a few hairs; stigma capitate-angled.
Drupes black at maturity, ellipsoid, ca. 6 mm long.