Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Psydrax odorata
Smith & Darwin, 1988; Lorence & Wagner, 2020.
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      Psydrax odorata

Common name(s): `ohe`e, alahe`e, walahe`e
General Information
DistributionIndigenous to the Society, Marquesas, and Hawaiian Islands, Micronesia, and the South Pacific from the New Hebrides and New Caledonia east to the Tuamotu Islands.In the Hawaiian Islands, indigenous to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

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Shrub or small tree, 3‒6(‒15) m tall, trunk 10‒15 cm in diameter, bark gray.
Leaves short-petiolate or subsessile; blade narrowly to broadly elliptic, elliptic-ovate, or lanceolate to ovate, 2.8‒9 cm long, 0.9‒4.1 cm wide, glossy on adaxial surface, abaxial surface less so or dull, somewhat thickened and coriaceous, glabrous, apex obtuse to rounded, sometimes emarginate, base cuneate, secondary veins 3‒5 on each side; petiole 0.2‒1 cm long; stipules 2‒5 mm long, apex abruptly acuminate to caudate, valvate in bud.
Inflorescences a corymbose cyme, 2.5‒3.5 cm long, flowers numerous. Flowers fragrant, perfect or functionally pistillate, protandrous, pedicel 1‒3 mm long; calyx ca. 2 mm long, minutely dentate; corolla white, 4‒6-lobed, 4‒7 mm long, lobes 3‒4.5 mm long; nectary disc cushion-shaped with a dense fringe of retrorse hairs; stamens exserted, filaments ca. 1.5‒2.5 mm long, anthers ca. 1.5‒2.5 mm long; style 5.5‒7.5 mm long, stigma bilobed.
Fruit ripening black, juicy, obovoid, somewhat compressed, grooved on each side, emarginate, 8‒10 mm long, with bony endocarp.
Pyrenes one per locule, oblong-cylindrical, 6‒6.5 mm long, 1.5‒2 mm in diameter, slightly curved.
David Lorence