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Metrosideros operculata

Metrosideros operculata is a species of flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae. It is endemic to New Caledonia.[2] It usually grows as a shrub to 3 metres in height, or rarely as a small tree to 10 metres. Stems are square in section and covered with silky hairs. The stiff, pointed leaves have a slightly revolute margin and are linear to elliptic in shape. They are 12 to 40 mm long and 3 to 10 mm wide. White, pink or red flowers with 3 petals and between 50 and 120 stamens are produced in axillary inflorescences.[2]

Two varieties are currently recognised:

  • M. operculata var. francii J.W. Dawson
  • M. operculata Labill. var. operculata[2]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Metrosideros operculata Labill.". The Plant List. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Metrosideros operculata (Espece)". Endémía - Faune & Flore de Nouvelle-Calédonie. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 

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