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Common name: Narrow leaved mahoe, mahoe wao Botanical name: Melicytus lanceolatus
Family: Violaceae (Violet family) Maximum height: 6 metres


Where found:

  • Lowland to montane forests and margins
  • Up to 915 metres
  • An upright slender branching shrub or small tree, rounded crown when growing in the open, juvenile tree is open branched with slightly drooping foliage, the branches are brittle
  • Long lance-like alternate leaves with serrated margins (5-16cm x 1-2cm)
  • Small (5mm) flowers with five petals in clusters of 2-5, usually yellow, but vary in colour with some being red/brown on the same tree
  • Dark purple berries (4-6mm in diameter) that cover the branches of the tree
  • Brownish grey bark that is faintly wrinkled


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PHOTO: Bill Messenger

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PHOTO: Barry Hartley






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