Melicope rubra (Lauterb. & K.Schum.) T.G.Hartley
Hartley, T.G. (2001) Allertonia 8: 211.
Mueller's Evodia; Little Evodia
Usually grows into a small tree seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh but also flowers and fruits as a shrub.
Inflorescences produced on the branches below or back from the leaves. Sepals +/- orbicular, about 1.5-2 mm long. Petals about 5-7 mm long, +/- glabrous on the outer surface, pubescent on the inner surface. Staminal filaments mainly glabrous, pubescent towards the base. Disk +/- 8-lobed, continuous, pubescent, surrounding the base of the ovary. Ovary densely pubescent. Lower half of the style pubescent.
Cotyledons elliptic, about 12-15 mm long, margins finely crenate. Oil dots small, numerous, visible with a lens. At the tenth leaf stage: lateral leaflets narrowly elliptic, somewhat unequal-sided at the base; upper half of the leaflet blade crenate; oil dots numerous, just visible to the naked eye. Seed germination time 25 to 248 days.
A small rounded open shrub or tree that is commonly cultivated in gardens and as a street tree. Flowers are bright pink and are in clusters on the stems behind the leaves. Fruits are fleshy green to yellowish.