(Rock) T.G. Hartley & B.C. Stone
Melicope balloui (also called Ballou's melicope or rock pelea) is a species of plant in the Rutaceae family. It is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. It is threatened by habitat loss. Like other Hawaiian Melicope, this species is known as alani.
This plant was described in 1913 by Joseph Rock, who named it after Howard M. Ballou, proofreader of his book on Hawaiian trees. It is a shrub or small tree with leathery oval leaves up to 10 centimeters long by 7 wide. Young twigs are coated in yellow-brown hairs. The female inflorescence contains 5 to 9 flowers; the male flower has never been seen. The fruit is a capsule about 2.5 centimeters wide.
- World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1998. Melicope balloui. 2010 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 29 May 2011.
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