Very strong thick leaves with exaggerated leaf veining.
Macropiper melchior is a fleshy shrub that is endemic to the Three Kings Islands, South West and West Islands only. It is mostly found growing in costal situations where it is a locally common component of the shrub layer. The dense shrub can reach a height of 2m and spread of 1m. Macropiper melchior has strong thick leaves with exaggerated leaf veining, giving a rather sculptured effect. Small flowers on spikes appear in August to November and fruiting takes place all year round.
The shrub requires a shaded, dry site and can handle exposure to strong prevailing winds. Macropiper melchior is frost sensitive and can look good under established trees where very little rain penetrates. Works very well with divaricating plants and can be a tropical addition to any garden.
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