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Myrsine J.  Hawai`i, O`ahu, Ko`olau Mountains, Niu, Kūlepeamoa Ridge.  Plant 2.  An average leaf blade on this plant is about 7.3-7.8 centimeters long and about 2.0-2.2 centimeters wide. | by jqcl
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Myrsine J. Hawai`i, O`ahu, Ko`olau Mountains, Niu, Kūlepeamoa Ridge. Plant 2. An average leaf blade on this plant is about 7.3-7.8 centimeters long and about 2.0-2.2 centimeters wide.

Myrsine (taxon) J

Hawaiian names: kōlea

Family: Primulaceae (the primrose family)

Habit: a shrub or a small tree.

Native; endemic. Myrsine J is known only from Kūlepeamoa Ridge (the central ridge of Niu) in the southeastern end of the Ko`olau Mountains, O`ahu, where there are perhaps 40 to 60 plants.

Habitat: dry forest and shrubland.

 

Myrsine J seems likely to be a taxon of hybrid origin between M. lanaiensis and one of the small leafed taxa of Myrsine, such as M. sandwicensis, Myrsine G, or possibly an extinct small leafed Myrsine taxon.

 

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July 24, 2012

Hawai`i, O`ahu, Ko`olau Mountains, southeastern part, leeward (southern) side, Niu, Kūlepeamoa Ridge. Plant 2. An average leaf blade on this plant is about 7.3-7.8 centimeters long and about 2.0-2.2 centimeters wide.

 

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Taken on July 24, 2012