PNGTreesKey – Elaeocarpus womersleyi Weibel
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
Candollea Vol. 26: 374 (1971)
Other Literature: M.J.E. Coode, Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea (1981) Fig. 25.
Timber Group: Commercial hardwood
Field Characters: Large canopy tree (up to 34 m high); Bole cylindrical (up to c. 50 cm diam.); slightly crooked or straight (bole up to c. 15 m long); buttresses buttresses present (sometimes buttresses up to c. 1.5 m high) or buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark grey, slightly rough, fissured; Subrhytidome (under-bark) pale yellow or orange; less than 25 mm thick, 6.0-8.0; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze pale yellow, pale orange, or pink, markings absent, slightly granular without splinters; inner blaze pale yellow, pale orange, or pink, markings absent, slightly granular without splinters; bark exudate (sap) absent; terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.
Indumentum: Complex hairs absent; stinging hairs absent; mature twig indumentum (hairs) present when young or later absent, 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 or often swollen; leaves broadest above middle or sometimes broadest at or near middle, 10.0-15.0 (-18.0) cm, 4.0-8.0 cm; symmetric, entire or slightly serrate to dentate (toothed), not dissected or lobed, acute, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface green, upper surface dark green, indumentum (hairs) absent; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers on an unbranched axis, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 25.0-38.0 mm long, diameter large (more than10 mm diam.); perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls, inner perianth white (cream-coloured); 5, free; stamens 40 (c.), present, free of each other, free of the perianth; ovary superior, carpels joined (when more than one), locules 4 (-5); styles solitary, 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on unbranched axis, fruit 40.0-70.0 mm long, dark green, dark blue, or black, not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, berry; seeds 1 (-2), much more than 10 mm long, not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed more than 10 mm diam.
Distribution: Morobe, Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Western, Central, Northern, Milne Bay & Papuan Islands.
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