Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Syzygium sandwicense
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Myrtaceae -- The Myrtle Family Bibliography
      Syzygium sandwicense

Common name(s): `ohi`a ha, ha, kauokahiki, pa`ihi (Maui), pa`ihi`ihi (Maui)
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui.

Myrtaceae - Syzygium sandwicense Myrtaceae - Syzygium sandwicense

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Trees or shrubs 3-25 m tall, bark grayish brown to reddish brown, shredding into longitudinal strips, glabrous throughout.
Leaves coriaceous, obovate or elliptic to ovate or broadly lanceolate, flat or slightly concave, 2-14 cm long, 1.5-5 cm wide, midrib pink to red, principal lateral veins 15-30 pairs, ca. 2-8 mm apart, submarginal vein irregular, apex rounded to obtuse or acute, mucronate or emarginate, base cuneate to truncate, petioles 0.2-1 cm long.
Flowers in axillary, simple or compound cymes 5-8 cm long, peduncles 2.5-3.5 cm long, pedicels 2-4 mm long, bracts 1-2 mm long; hypanthium turbinate, 3-4 mm long; sepals 4, ca. 0.5 mm long, caducous; petals 4, white to greenish white, ovate to obovate, distinct or sometimes connate and falling off as a calyptra, 2-3 mm long, caducous; stamens ca. 20-30; filaments white to pinkish, 0.5-1.5 mm long; ovules 4-10 per cell.
Berries pink to red, globose to ellipsoid, 0.4-1 cm long, pericarp fleshy, 1-1.5 mm thick.
Seed globose, ellipsoid, or oblong-ellipsoid, ca. 0.5 cm in diameter, testa loosely coherent to pericarp and closely coherent to cotyledons.
2n = 22*