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Sarcopygme pacifica (Reinecke) Setch. & Christoph.

Sarcopygme pacifica


Samoa: Savai’i, Ofu, Olosega, Ta’u, Tutuila, ‘Upolu

local names:

u’unu – Samoa


This species is the type species of its genus, which is the only plant genus endemic to the Samoan Islands.

It contains five species of small trees, and is most closely related to the genus Morinda, and differs especially by its flowers, of which hundreds open simultaneously on one flower head.



[1] W. A. Setchell; Erling Christophersen: Preliminary notes on Sarcopygme, a new rubiaceous genus from Samoa. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 11(5): 1-5. 1935


Photo: Tavita Togia

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