Scientific Name:
Entelea arborescens R.Br., Bot. Mag. t. 2480 (1824)
  • = Apeiba australis A.Rich., Essai Fl. Nouv.-Zél., 301, t. 34 (1832)
Vernacular Name(s):
Hauama; Houama; Whau; Whauama; Whauma

Shrub or canopy tree up to c. 6 m. tall; trunk up to 25 cm. diam., wood-weight very light. Branchlets, lvs, petioles, infl. densely clad in soft whitish branched hairs; bark grey; lf-scars ± oval. Lvs alt. on petioles up to 2 dm. long, us. less; stipules linear-acuminate, ± persistent. Lamina (5)–10–15–(25) × 5–10–15–(20) cm., obliquely very broad-ovate, abruptly acuminate, cordate at base, doubly crenate-serrate, sts obscurely lobed, 5–7-subpalmately lobed. Sepals acuminate; petals white, crumpled, (3)–4–5. Ovary hispid, 5–7-celled, capsule ± 2 cm. diam., subglobose, invested with rather rigid hairs c. 15–25 mm. long.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

Indigenous (Endemic)

Fruiting: Sep.–Jan.

Brown, R. 1824: Curtis's Botanical Magazine
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]
Richard, A. 1832: Essai d'une Flore de la Nouvelle Zélande. In: Dumont d'Urville, J. Voyage de découvertes de l'Astrolabe. Botanique. Tastu, Paris.