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TAMANA (Elaeodendron curtipendulum)
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Elaeodendron curtipendulum        Tamana       Family CELASTRACEAE


A tall tree to 13m with toothed, opposite leaves. Locally common on the lowland ridges. This species is also found on Norfolk Island and New Caledonia. From a genus of about 15 species from the tropics of the Old World to West Indies & Central America. Rats eat the fruits, which are often seen on the tracks with the skin gnawed.


Leaves opposite, elliptic, 6cm x 3cm, margins with round teeth; shiny, usually noticeably V‑shaped in cross section. Flowers (May‑Sep); minute (5mm) in axillary and terminal clusters, yellowish-green with petals folded back. Fruit ovoid, 18mm long, with a short point; blue‑green, ripening to almost black.


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