Elaeocarpus dentatus

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Elaeocarpus dentatus
Elaeocarpus dentatus 12.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Oxalidales
Family: Elaeocarpaceae
Genus: Elaeocarpus
E. dentatus
Binomial name
Elaeocarpus dentatus
(J.R.Forst.& G.Forst.) Vahl.

Elaeocarpus dentatus, commonly known as hinau (Maori: hīnau), is a native lowland forest tree of New Zealand. Other names in Māori for the tree are hangehange, pōkākā and whīnau.

A member of the Elaeocarpaceae family, it is found on both the North and South Island's of New Zealand, but not on Stewart Island.[1] The leaves are dark green, with a toothed edge. On the underside of the leaf small domatia are present.[2] Clusters of small white flowers are produced in spring, and in late summer the flowers form into a fleshy fruit.[3]

It was officially first recorded for science by botanists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander on 5 November 1769.[4]

Hinau foliage


  1. ^ "Hīnau, Elaeocarpus - Faculty of Science - The University of Science". The University of Auckland. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 2011-12-25.
  2. ^ "Elaeocarpaceae 2 (Wineberry family) - Faculty of Science, University of Auckland". Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Elaeocarpus dentatus Hinau". bushmansfriend.co.nz. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  4. ^ http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/objectdetails.aspx?oid=328198