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PNGTrees Erythrospermum candidum Becc.

 

Barry Conn (NSW) & Kipiro Damas (LAE).
Copyright held by the authors, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, and Papua New Guinea National Herbarium

Erythrospermum candidum Becc.

in L.S. Gibbs, Phytogeography and Flora of Arfak Mountains 215 (1917)


Family: Flacourtiaceae
Dicotyledon
No. Timber species Occasional timber species

Field Characters: Large trees about 20 m high. Bole cylindrical 35 cm diam.; straight; buttresses absent; spines absent; aerial roots absent; stilt roots absent. Bark brown, rough, pustular; lenticels irregular; subrhytidome yellow; bark thickness <25 mm thick, 10.0 mm thick; blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; pleasant; outer blaze yellow, markings absent, granular without splinters; inner blaze yellow, markings absent, granular without splinters; exudate present, colourless, spotty, not changing colour on exposure to air, not sticky. 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>, not swollen; lamina broadest above middle, 18.5-21.0 cm long, 5.5-8.5 cm wide; lamina very asymmetric, margin serrate to dentate (toothed), 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; hairs absent; oil dots absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.

Flowers: Inflorescence axillary <from between a leaf and branch>. Flowers on a branched axis; flowers stalked; ovary superior <seated above petals and sepals; hypogenous>.

Fruits: Fruits arranged on branched axis. Fruit 10-11 mm long, pale red dull, not spiny, fleshy, simple, dehiscent, capsule. Seeds 2-4, about 10 mm long about 8 mm long, not winged, as wide as long or longer than wide, 1-10 mm diam. 5-8 mm diam.

Distribution: Madang.


Erythrospermum candidum
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