Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Literature for Kadua degeneri
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999. Literature for Kadua degeneri var. coprosmifolia
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999. Literature for Kadua degeneri var. degeneri
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
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      Kadua degeneri
General Information
Prostrate, branched shrubs; stems quadrangular, densely hirtellous or glabrous, older stems with prominent exfoliating corky layers, with short, congested, leafy shoots in the axils.
Leaves subcoriaceous to chartaceous, lanceolate to ovate or cordate, 1-3(-4) cm long, 0.3-2 cm wide, lateral veins few, strongly ascending, higher order venation inconspicuously reticulate, lower surface glabrous or hirtellous along midrib, apex acute or acuminate, base attenuate or cordate, petioles 0-0.2 cm long, connate at base, stipules lanceolate with a broad base, ca. 2.5-2.8 mm long, glabrous or hirtellous, ± somewhat fimbriate.
Flowers perfect and pistillate, 1-10 in reduced, terminal, corymbose cymes, these puberulent in lower part, bracts cordate to lanceolate, 10-15 mm long; hypanthium turbinate, 1.5-2 mm long; calyx lobes foliaceous, broadly lanceolate, 4-8 mm long, 1.5-3.5 mm wide, enlarging somewhat in fruit; corolla color unknown, fleshy, glaucous, salverform, the tube ca. 6-7 mm long, the limb not quadrangular in bud, but apex depressed, the lobes ca. 3-4 mm long at anthesis, strongly inflexed in bud; stamens inserted just below mouth of corolla tube; anthers apparently dehiscing prior to anthesis; style densely long-woolly toward base, apex 2-lobed.
Capsules subglobose, up to 3 mm long, 4-5 mm in diameter, dehiscing loculicidally across disk, then ca. 1/2 to base, pyrenes very tardily separating septicidally, endocarp somewhat sclerified, disk raised.
Seeds nearly black, angled, pitted.