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Melicope radiata

Melicope radiata (H. St. John) T.G. Hartley & B.C. Stone

Kapu Melicope, Alani

Rutaceae (Rue family)

Synonym(s): Pelea lanceolata, Pelea punaensis, Pelea radiata, Pelea scandens

USDA Symbol: MERA2

USDA Native Status: HI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 feet tall.
Fruit: Green to red tinged.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , 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: Dry, mesic and wet forests, subalpine shrubland.


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


Record Modified: 2021-05-26
Research By: CBR

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