PNGTrees – Lepiniopsis ternatensis Valeton
Barry Conn (NSW) & Kipiro Damas (LAE).
Copyright held by the authors, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, and Papua New Guinea National Herbarium
Annales du Jardin Botanique de Buitenzorg Vol. 12(2): 252-254 (1895) Fig. 28.
Field Characters: Small trees 6-17 m high (with 3-whorled branches). Bole cylindrical up to about 45 cm diam.; straight bole up to about 10 m long; buttresses absent; spines absent; aerial roots absent; stilt roots absent. Bark pale brown, rough, slightly fissured or pustular; lenticels irregular or elongated vertically; subrhytidome yellow; bark thickness <25 mm thick, 8.0-10.0 mm thick; blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze brownish yellow or brown, markings absent, granular without splinters; inner blaze brownish yellow or brown, markings absent, granular without splinters; exudate present also on branchlets and leaves, white, flowing, not changing colour on exposure to air, sticky. Terminal buds not enclosed by leaves; complex hairs absent; stinging hairs absent; mature twig without hairs.
Leaves: Clustered at end of branches <internodes indistinct>. Leaves whorled, 4, simple; petiole present 1-3.5 cm long, not winged, attached to base of leaf blade <not peltate>, not swollen; lamina broadest at or near middle or usually broadest above middle, (9.0-) 14.5-20.0 (-26.0) cm long, (3.0-) 6.0-8.0 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>, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; lower surface pale green, upper surface dark green, hairs absent; oil dots absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence axillary <from between a leaf and branch>. Flowers on an unbranched axis; flowers bisexual, stalked, with many planes of symmetry <actinomorphic> perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals, white corolla lobes or orange corolla tube; inner perianth 5, some or partly joined; stamens 5, filaments present, free of each other, joined to perianth <epipetalous/episepalous> 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 unbranched axis. Fruit 25-50 mm long, 15.0-20.0 mm diam., fruit almost black when ripe or red, not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe. Seeds 2-3, much more than 10 mm long 20-30 mm long, not winged, longer than wide, >10 mm diam. about 20 mm diam.
Distribution: Morobe, Western, West Sepik, Gulf, Madang, Central, New Britain & Papuan Islands.
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