Melicope ovalis

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Melicope ovalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Rutaceae
Genus: Melicope
Species: M. ovalis
Binomial name
Melicope ovalis
(H.St.John) T.G.Hartley & B.C.Stone

Melicope ovalis (Wild pelea or Hana melicope) is a species of tree in the Rutaceae family. It is endemic to Maui, of the Hawaiian Islands.


This tree is only present in Kīpahulu Valley in Haleakalā National Park on Maui.[1] It is threatened by the degradation of its habitat due to the presence of feral pigs and introduced species of plants.[1] It is threatened by habitat loss. It is a federally listed endangered species of the United States. Like other Hawaiian Melicope, this species is known as alani.[2]


The Melicope ovalis tree grows up to 5 metres (16 ft) in height. The leathery oval leaves grow up to 16 centimeters long by 10 wide. They have a scent similar to anise when crushed.[3]


  1. ^ a b Melicope ovalis. The Nature Conservancy.
  2. ^ USFWS. Species Reports: Plants.
  3. ^ USFWS. Endangered Status for Three Hawaiian Plant Species of the Genus Melicope. Federal Register December 5, 1994.

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