Grewia insularis

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Grewia insularis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Grewioideae
Genus: Grewia
Species: G. insularis
Binomial name
Grewia insularis

Grewia insularis is a species of flowering plant in the Malvaceae, or mallow family, that is endemic to Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the north-eastern Indian Ocean. Its specific epithet is the Latin for insular, referring to its island location.[2]


Grewia insularis is a shrub or small tree. Its leaves are oblong to ovate, 40–110 mm long. The yellow flowers are usually 1–3 in an umbel, often with several umbels from one leaf-axil. The fruit is purple, often reduced to a subglobose drupe about 3 mm long.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Found only on Christmas Island, it occurs on the terraces on the northern coast.[2]


The fruit and flowers of G. insularis are similar to those of G. glabra, while the shape of its leaves closely resemble those of G. eriocarpa.



  1. ^ Ridley (1906).
  2. ^ a b c Flora of Australia Online.