PNGTreesKey – Fagraea racemosa Jack
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
Flora Indica Vol. 2: 35 (1824)
Other Literature: B.J. Conn, Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea 151-153 (1995) Fig. 33.
Timber Group: Non-timber species
Field Characters: Small sub-canopy tree (2-10 m high, rarely to 16 m); Bole cylindrical; slightly crooked or straight; buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark grey or pale brown, slightly rough, fissured; Subrhytidome (under-bark) green; less than 25 mm thick; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze white or yellow (pale (straw-coloured); inner blaze white or yellow (pale (straw-coloured); 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, opposite (in pairs, opposite one another on the branchlet), simple (a leaf composed of a single blade); petiole present, not winged, attached to base of leaf blade, not swollen; leaves occasionally broadest above middle, broadest at or near middle, broadest below middle, or equally broad throughout much of length, 15.0-30.0 cm, 8.0-15.0 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, rounded or usually obtuse, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface pale green, upper surface dark green, indumentum (hairs) absent; absent; domatia absent; stipules present, joined, joined across twigs, encircling the twig, collar-like, not fringed, large, persistent.
Flowers: Inflorescence terminal, flowers on a branched axis, cones absent; flowers bisexual, not stalked or stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 20.0-40.0 mm long, diameter large (more than10 mm diam.) (20-30 mm diam.); perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls, inner perianth white or pink (at base (sometimes); 5, some or partly joined; stamens 5, present, free of each other, joined to the perianth; ovary superior, carpels joined (when more than one), locules 2; styles solitary, 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on branched axis, fruit 10.0-25.0 mm long, blue or red, not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, berry; seeds 100 (c.), barely visible (to 1 mm long) (c. 1 mm long), not winged, irregular (irregularly angular), seed 1-10 mm diam. (c. 1 mm diam.).
Distribution: West Sepik, East Sepik, Madang, Morobe, Western, Gulf, Central, Northern, Milne Bay, Papuan Islands & Bougainville.
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