PNGTreesKey – Phoebe laevis 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: 122 (1970)
Timber Group: Non-timber species
Field Characters: Large canopy tree (up to 40 m high); Bole cylindrical (up to 70 cm diam.); straight (bole up to 30 m long); buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark slightly red or pale brown, rough, tessellated; Subrhytidome (under-bark) dark red or brown; less than 25 mm thick, 10.0; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze red or brown, with stripes (pale yellowish), slightly fibrous; inner blaze red or brown, with stripes (pale yellowish), slightly fibrous; bark exudate (sap) present, colourless, not readily flowing (spotty), colour not changing on exposure to air (however, blaze changes to yellowish brown), not sticky; terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.
Indumentum: Complex hairs absent; stinging hairs absent; mature twig indumentum (hairs) absent.
Leaves: Leaves spaced along 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 sometimes broadest above middle or broadest at or near middle, 7.0-16.0 cm, 3.0-9.0 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, obtuse or sub acute, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface pale green (sub-glossy), upper surface green (subglossy), indumentum (hairs) absent; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence axillary (crowded below the growing point of the branchlet), flowers on a branched axis (inflorescence with long peduncle), cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked (shortly), flowers with many planes of symmetry, 3.0-4.0 mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.) (3-4 mm diam.); perianth present, with all sepals and/or petals (hence tepals) similar, inner perianth pale yellow, cream-coloured, or white; 3 (inner perianth 3, outer perianth 3), free; stamens 3, present, free of each other, free of the perianth; ovary superior, carpels solitary, locules 1; styles solitary, 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on branched axis, fruit 10.0-15.0 mm long, 10.0 (c.) mm diam., green or white, not spiny, non-fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe; seeds 1, about 10 mm long, not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed 1-10 mm diam. (c. 8 mm diam.).
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