Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Osteomeles anthyllidifolia
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Rosaceae -- The Rose Family Bibliography
      Osteomeles anthyllidifolia

Common name(s): `ulei, eluehe (Moloka`i), u`ulei
General Information
DistributionOccurring in the Cook Islands, Tonga, and Hawai`i.In the Hawaiian Islands, indigenous to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

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Shrubs; stems usually prostrate, occasionally erect and forming large shrubs up to 3 m tall (apparently in response to browsing), many-branched, young branches grayish, drooping.
Leaves 2-7 cm long, leaflets (11-)15-25, coriaceous, oblong-oblanceolate or sometimes oblong-elliptic, (0.8-)1-1.5(-2.3) cm long, 0.3-0.7 cm wide, upper surface glossy, with conspicuously raised-reticulate veins, sparsely appressed long-pilose, especially along the slightly impressed midrib, lower surface moderately to densely strigose, margins entire, apex mucronate, base cuneate, sessile, rachis usually narrowly winged, petioles 0.3-0.8 cm long, stipules distinct, brownish, darker at the tip, subulate, ca. 3-5 mm long, caducous.
Flowers usually 3-6 in cymes, these grouped into terminal, subcorymbose inflorescences, each one subtended by 1-2 subulate bracteoles 3-5 mm long; receptacle ca. 2-3 mm long, densely tomentose externally, glabrous within; calyx lobes triangular-deltate, ca. 2.5 mm long, tomentose externally, glabrous within; petals white, broadly obovate, clawed, 7-11 mm long; styles subequal, ca. 5-6 mm long, lower part arachnoid pubescent.
Fruit white, the flesh white or purple, subglobose, ca. 10 mm in diameter, outer surface tomentose when young, glabrate, endocarps angular, ca. 5 mm long, 2 sides plane, the other rounded.
Seeds yellowish, ca. 1.5 mm in diameter.
2n = 34*