PNGTreesKey – Litsea trichophylla Kosterm.
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
Reinwardtia Vol. 8: 115 (1970)
Timber Group: Non-timber species
Field Characters: Small sub-canopy tree (up to c. 15 m high); Bole cylindrical (up to c. 25 cm diam.); straight; buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark brown or dark grey; less than 25 mm thick; bark blaze consisting of one layer; outer blaze brown; inner blaze brown; bark exudate (sap) absent; terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.
Indumentum: Complex hairs absent; stinging hairs absent.
Leaves: Leaves clustered at end of 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; leaves symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, not prominent, but visible, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface green or brown, upper surface green, indumentum (hairs) present (lower surface) or absent (upper surface), indumentum (hairs) sparse (with reddish brown hairs) or dense; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers arising from a single point, cones absent; flowers unisexual, unisexual with male and female flowers on different plants, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry; perianth present, with all sepals and/or petals (hence tepals) similar, inner perianth yellow or white; 3 (perianth consisting of 3 outer plus 3 inner parts that are frequently similar in shape and colour), free; stamens 0-(female flowers); (male flowers)-9, present, free of each other, free of the perianth; ovary superior (female flowers, absent in male flowers), carpels solitary, locules 1; styles solitary, 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence arising from single point, fruit not spiny, slightly fleshy, simple (receptacle enlarged and forming a cup around the base of the fruit), indehiscent, drupe; seeds 1, not winged, broad (as wide as long).
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