PNGTreesKey – Cryptocarya giganthocarpa Kosterm.
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
Reinwardtia Vol. 7: 309 (1968)
Timber Group: Occasional timber species
Field Characters: Large canopy tree (30 m high); Bole cylindrical (up to 100 cm diam.); straight (bole c. 20 m long); buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark dark brown, rough, pustular, lenticels elongated vertically; Subrhytidome (under-bark) brown; less than 25 mm thick, 15.0; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze orange or brown, with stripes, granular without splinters; inner blaze orange or brown, with stripes, granular without splinters; bark exudate (sap) present, colourless, not readily flowing (spotty), colour not changing on exposure to air, not sticky; terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.
Indumentum: Complex hairs present, star-like (stellate); stinging hairs absent; mature twig indumentum (hairs) present, hairs sparse.
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, not winged, attached to base of leaf blade, not swollen; leaves broadest below middle, 12.0-23.0 cm, 7.5-10.0 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, acuminate, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface pale green or red (slightly (caused by reddish brown hairs), upper surface green, indumentum (hairs) present (with rusty-coloured hairs), indumentum (hairs) dense; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers on a branched axis, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 5.0 mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.) (c. 5 mm diameter); perianth present, with all sepals and/or petals (hence tepals) similar, inner perianth yellow or green (yellowish green); 5, free; stamens 5, present, free of each other, joined to the perianth; ovary superior, carpels solitary, locules 1 (per carpel); styles solitary, 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on branched axis, fruit not spiny, slightly fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe; seeds 1, not winged, broad (as wide as long).
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