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Melicytus lanceolatus (Melicytus lanceolatus)


Melicytus lanceolatus, commonly called narrow-leaved māhoe or māhoe-wao, is a small tree of the family Violaceae endemic to New Zealand. Narrow-leaved māhoe is a slender shrub or small tree with long, thin leaves that have a serrated edge. Its flowers are yellow, but can be red/brown, and are followed by a purple fruit. It is a host species for the caterpillars of the New Zealand endemic moth Austramathes purpurea.

Taxonomic tree

  • Domain: Eukarya

    • Kingdom: Plantae

      • Phylum:

        • Class: Magnoliopsida

          • Order: Malpighiales

            • Family: Violaceae

              • Genus: Melicytus