Polyscias oahuensis

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Polyscias oahuensis
Starr 031122-0004 Tetraplasandra oahuensis.jpg

Vulnerable (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Polyscias
Species: P. oahuensis
Binomial name
Polyscias oahuensis
(A.Gray) Lowry & G.M.Plunkett
Synonyms[1]
  • Gastonia oahuensis A.Gray
  • Tetraplasandra oahuensis (A.Gray) Harms

Polyscias oahuensis is a species of tree in the ivy family known by the common name 'ohe mauka.[2] It is endemic to Hawaii, where it occurs on all the major islands except for Niihau and Kahoolawe.[3]

This tree has compound leaves each made up of 7 to 15 dull leaflets, it contains a clear sap. The fruits are black or purple in color and their seeds are dispersed by birds, this was the most variable species of the formerly recognized genus Tetraplasandra.[3]

The tree grows in moist to wet island forests.[3]

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