PNGTrees – Glochidion philippicum (Cav.) C.B.Rob.
Barry Conn (NSW) & Kipiro Damas (LAE).
Copyright held by the authors, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, and Papua New Guinea National Herbarium
Philippine Journal of Science C. Botany Vol. 4: (1909)
Field Characters: Large trees or small trees 20 m high. Bole cylindrical 25 cm diam.; straight bole 15 m long; buttresses absent; spines absent; aerial roots absent; stilt roots absent. Bark white or grey, rough, pustular; lenticels irregular; subrhytidome green; bark thickness <25 mm thick, 5.0 mm thick; blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; pleasant; outer blaze yellow or brown, markings absent, granular without splinters; inner blaze yellow or brown, markings absent, granular without splinters; exudate present, colourless, spotty, changing colour on exposure to air, to brown, sticky. Terminal buds not enclosed by leaves; stinging hairs absent.
Leaves: Spaced along branches <internodes readily visible>. Leaves spiral, simple; petiole present 2 mm long, not winged, attached to base of leaf blade <not peltate>, not swollen; lamina broadest below middle, 2.4-3.0 cm long, 1.1-2.0 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>, not prominent, but visible, intramarginal veins absent; lower surface green, upper surface dark green, hairs absent (by misinterpretation) or present near mid-vein, very sparse; 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>, 3.5-4.0 mm long, small (< or =10 mm diam.) 3 mm diam.; perianth present, with all sepals and/or petals (hence tepals) similar, brown or green; inner perianth 5, some or partly joined at base; stamens 9, filaments present, joined <connate> near base, free of perianth; ovary superior <seated above petals and sepals; hypogenous> styles solitary <including joined together>, 1.
Fruits: Fruits arranged on branched axis.
Distribution: Eastern Highlands.
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