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Melicope elliptica

Melicope elliptica A. Gray

Leiohi'Iaka, Alani, Alani Kuahiwi, Kaleiohi'iaka

Rutaceae (Rue family)

Synonym(s): Pelea elliptica, Pelea elliptica var. mauiensis

USDA Symbol: MEEL2

USDA Native Status: HI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 30 feet tall.
Fruit: Green or pale red.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Green
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: May bloom any time of year under the right conditions.


Native Habitat: Mesic forests.


Bibref 1798 - Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawaii, Revised Edition (1999) Wagner, W.L.; Herbst, D.R.; Sohmer, S.H.

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Web Reference

Webref 49 - Flora of the Hawaiian Islands (2020) Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Additional resources

USDA: Find Melicope elliptica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Melicope elliptica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Melicope elliptica


Record Modified: 2021-05-24
Research By: CBR

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