Melicytus obovatus ssp “Coast”
Species: M. obovatus
Scientific name: Melicytus obovatus ssp “Coast”
Synonyms: Hymenanthera obovata
Melicytus obovatus is a native coastal shrub which attains a height of 1.5m with a 2m spread. It is shrubby relative of the common forest tree mahoe (M. ramiflorus).
This shrub has four forms listed, three from the Nelson region, and one from the Cook Strait area region. (from New Zealand Native Trees by John Dawson and Rob Lucas)
Below is part of a report on Condition and Types of Vegetation at Titahi Bay Beach 2007 -2009 by Robin Smith for the Porirua City Council.
“The coastal edge area although denuded previously of coastal forest is now dominated by mostly local coastal native species. The lower part of the cliff is home to one plant of the Cook Strait endemic plant Melicytus obovatus ssp “Coast” (regionally rare) and is the only example of this species at the south end of Titahi Bay. It is to be noted the Melicytus was recorded over a hundred years ago and is quite likely to be the same plant. There are around 20 plants at the northern end of Titahi Bay.”
Photos below are of Melicytus obovatus ssp “Coast” from Titahi Bay with the bright green leaves some with one indent in the margins in the leaf margin and rounded tip and others with no indent.