Mida salicifolia (NZ Sandalwood)
Specific epithet: salicifolia
Botanical name: Mida salicifolia
Synonyms: Mida cunninghamii M. myrtifolia , M. salicifolia var. myrtifolia , M. eucalyptoides. Fusanus cunninghamii
Common names:Willow-leaved maire, Maire Taiki, New Zealand sandalwood
Mida salicifoliais is a species of the sandalwood family and is a root parasite on a wide range of trees including kauri, requiring host plant to establish on and is endemic to the North Island. The only other species of the genus is restricted to the Juan Fernandez islands near Chile.
It is a slender tree of lowland or lower montane forest and grows up to 6 m tall. It has smooth bark that is grey to grey-black. The branchlets are slender and brittle.
Leaves are mostly alternate, slender (5-10 cm x 3-10 mm ) leathery and somewhat glossy above.
Its has small greenish, pink or red flowers which are borne in clusters (racemes). The fruit appears October to February and they develops into a 7-12 mm x 6-8 mm scarlet, fleshy fruit (berry).