PNGTrees – Elaeocarpus sepikanus Schrlt. var. sepikanus
Barry Conn (NSW) & Kipiro Damas (LAE).
Copyright held by the authors, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, and Papua New Guinea National Herbarium
Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie Vol. 54: 135 (1916)
Field Characters: Small trees or large trees 18-20 m high. Bole cylindrical 25 cm diam.; straight; buttresses present small; spines absent; aerial roots absent; stilt roots present. Bark pale brown, smooth, pustular; lenticels irregular; subrhytidome green; bark thickness <25 mm thick, 7.0 mm thick; blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; pleasant; outer blaze brown, markings absent, fibrous; inner blaze brown, markings absent, fibrous; exudate absent. Terminal buds not enclosed by leaves; complex hairs absent; stinging hairs absent; mature twig without hairs.
Leaves: Spaced along branches <internodes readily visible>. Leaves spiral, simple; petiole present, not winged, attached to base of leaf blade <not peltate>, swollen <at tip, or base, or both> at tip; lamina broadest at or near middle or broadest above middle, (9.0-) 15.0-19.0 cm long, (3.5-) 6.5-8.5 cm wide; lamina symmetric, margin entire, not dissected or lobed, apex acuminate, venation pinnate <secondary veins arising from the midrib along its length>, secondary veins open <spaced far apart to easily see tertiary veins>, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; lower surface pale green, upper surface green, hairs absent; oil dots absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence axillary <from between a leaf and branch>. Flowers on a branched axis; flowers bisexual, stalked, with many planes of symmetry <actinomorphic>, 10.0 mm long, large (>10 mm diam.) 15 mm diam.; perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals, pale yellow; inner perianth 5, some or partly joined; stamens (37-) 50-60, filaments present, free of each other, free of perianth; ovary superior <seated above petals and sepals; hypogenous>, carpels joined (when more than one) <syncarpous>, locules 2; styles solitary <including joined together>, 1.
Fruits: Fruits arranged on branched axis. Fruit 11-20 mm long, 7.0-15.0 mm diam., fruit dark blue dull, not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe. Seeds 1, about 10 mm long, not winged, longer than wide, 1-10 mm diam. 5-6 mm diam.
Distribution: East Sepik, West Sepik, Western, Southern Highlands, Papuan Islands, New Britain, Northern, Madang, Central, Morobe & Manus.
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