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

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

Primulaceae - Myrsine sandwicensis Primulaceae - Myrsine sandwicensis

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Many-branched shrubs or small trees 1.5-4(-7) m tall; branches brown to reddish brown, glabrous.
Leaves usually dark green, young ones yellow with a red or purple tinge, usually well-distributed along the upper branches, coriaceous, oblanceolate or elliptic-oblanceolate to obovate, 1-3(-5.8) cm long, 0.3-1(-1.5) cm wide, midrib prominent, venation otherwise obscure, glabrous, punctate, upper surface wrinkled when dry, margins entire and slightly revolute, apex rounded to occasionally subobtuse, emarginate, sometimes inconspicuously so, base cuneate to attenuate, petioles 5-8 mm long, glabrous or occasionally sparsely brown puberulent.
Flowers apparently perfect, (1)2-5 in bracteolate fascicles among and below the leaves, pedicels 3-8 mm long, glabrous or brown puberulent; calyx lobes 0.6-0.8 mm long, margins ciliate; petals pale yellowish white with a reddish tinge or purple, oblong-oblanceolate, 2.5-3.5 mm long, with secretory lines, glabrous to minutely puberulent, margins ciliate; anthers ca. 1.8 mm long, apex with a small tuft of hairs; ovary ± glandular puberulent; stigma capitate-angled.
Drupes purplish black, globose, ca. 6-8 mm in diameter.