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Corokia macrocarpa T. Kirk

Modern name

Corokia macrocarpa Kirk

An evergreen shrub up to 20 ft high; young shoots stiffer and stouter than in the other species and, like the under-surface of the leaves and the flower-stalks, covered with silvery white felt. Leaves narrowly oval or oblong-lanceolate, tapered towards both ends; 2 to 4 in. long, 12 to 1 in. wide, rather leathery. Flowers yellow, 13 to 12 in. wide, produced in racemes 12 to 112 in. long from the leaf-axils; petals narrow oblong. Fruit 13 in. long, broadish oblong, red. Bot. Mag., t. 9168.

Native of, and confined to, Chatham Island. It is distinct from the other large-leaved species, C. buddleioides, in its axillary racemes of flowers and blunter-ended leaves. It has been grown, and flowered well, at both Wakehurst Place and Highdown, Sussex, but is not cultivated in either garden at present and must be reckoned as definitely tender.



Other species in the genus