PNGTreesKey – Conandrium polyanthum (Laut. & K.Sch.) Mez
Barry Conn (NSW) & Kipiro Damas (LAE).
Guide to trees of Papua New Guinea
Copyright held by the authors, National Herbarium of New South Wales, and Papua New Guinea National Herbarium
in Engler, H.G.A., Das Pflanzenreich 157
Timber Group: Non-timber species
Field Characters: Small sub-canopy tree (7-10 m high); Bole cylindrical (45-50 cm diam.); straight (bole 2-4 m long); buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark grey or brown, smooth; Subrhytidome (under-bark) yellow or green; less than 25 mm thick; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze red or brown (to straw-coloured), markings absent; inner blaze red or brown (to straw-coloured), markings absent; bark exudate (sap) absent; terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.
Indumentum: Complex hairs absent; stinging hairs absent; mature twig indumentum (hairs) absent.
Leaves: Leaves spaced along branches, spiral (leaves occurring singly at a node and arranged spirally up the branchlet), simple (a leaf composed of a single blade); petiole present, winged, attached to base of leaf blade, not swollen; leaves broadest at or near middle, 10.0-13.0 cm, 4.0-5.0 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, obtuse or sub acuminate, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, not prominent, but visible, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface green, upper surface green, indumentum (hairs) absent; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers on a branched axis, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 4.0-5.0 mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.) (c. 5 mm diam.); perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls, inner perianth red or purple; 5, free; stamens 5, present, free of each other, free of the perianth; ovary superior, carpels joined (when more than one), locules 1; styles solitary, 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on branched axis, fruit 5.0-8.0 mm long, dark green or black, not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe (berry-like); seeds 1, to about 5 mm long (c. 2 mm long), not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed 1-10 mm diam. (3-5 mm diam.).
Distribution: Morobe, Eastern Highlands, Central, Papuan Islands, New Britain & New Ireland.
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