Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Neraudia melastomifolia
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Urticaceae -- The Cecropia, Nettle Family Bibliography
      Neraudia melastomifolia

Common name(s): `oloa, ma`aloa, ma`oloa
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Maui.

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Shrubs or small trees up to 4(-6) m tall; branches sparsely to densely finely pilose, the hairs erect to appressed.
Leaves thin to thick and coriaceous, elliptic, elliptic-ovate to ovate or lanceolate, 5-24 cm long, 1.5-7 cm wide, upper surface glabrous to sparsely finely pubescent, the hairs somewhat spreading to appressed, lower surface similarly glabrous or sparsely appressed pubescent along the veins or sometimes the hairs evenly distributed over surface, the hairs straight or slightly curved, 0.3-0.5 mm long, sometimes also with shorter, erect, uncinate hairs 0.05-0.2 mm long, margins entire, apex attenuate, acute to long-acuminate, base cuneate to broadly cuneate or subcordate, petioles 1-5.5 cm long, glabrous or with appressed to erect hairs.
Staminate flowers on pedicels 0-2 mm long, calyx pubescent with long ascending or appressed hairs and usually also with at least some shorter, erect, uncinate hairs, lobes 4-6 mm long; pistillate flowers on pedicels 0-2 mm long, sparsely pubescent with long ascending or appressed hairs and ± shorter uncinate hairs, apex 4-toothed, stigma 2-8 mm long, receptive all around or stigmatic hairs absent on 1 side.
Achenes 1-3.5 mm long, apical portion sharply conical, sometimes separated from basal portion by a weak constriction.
Seed ellipsoid to ovoid.