PNGTreesKey – Podocarpus neriifolius D.Don
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
in Lambert, A.B., A Description of the genus Pinus, edition 1 Vol. 2: 21 (1824)
Timber Group: Softwood Tradename: Lowland Podocarp, Brown Pine
Field Characters: Large canopy tree (up to 40 m high); Bole cylindrical (60-100 cm diam.) or sometimes markedly fluted; straight (bole up to 30 m long); buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark pale grey, pale brown, or black, rough, scaly or flaky, peeling (rarely in narrow strips), or pustular, lenticels irregular; Subrhytidome (under-bark) dark red or black (rarely with lighter pinkish stripes); less than 25 mm thick, 4.0-10.0; bark blaze consisting of one layer; strongly aromatic; pleasant; outer blaze red or brown, markings absent, fibrous or granular without splinters; inner blaze red or brown, markings absent, fibrous or granular without splinters; bark exudate (sap) present or absent (sometimes or appearing so), colourless, not readily flowing (spotty), colour not changing on exposure to air, 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 broadest below middle or equally broad throughout much of length, 6.0-11.0 cm, 1.0 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, obtuse or sub acute, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface pale green, upper surface green, indumentum (hairs) absent; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers single (female flowers) or flowers on an unbranched axis (male flowers), cones absent; flowers unisexual, unisexual with male and female flowers on different plants, not stalked (male flowers) or stalked (female flowers), flowers slightly asymmetric or with one plane of symmetry, 0.5-1.0 mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.) (less than 1 mm diam.); perianth absent (actually present but reduced to scales); stamens 1, absent, free of each other; ovary superior, carpels solitary, locules 1; styles absent.
Fruits: Infrutescence single, fruit 10.0-12.0 mm long, 8.0-10.0 mm diam., dark blue, not spiny, non-fleshy, simple, indehiscent, nut; seeds 1, about 10 mm long (10-13 mm long), not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed 1-10 mm diam. (9-10 mm diam.).
Distribution: West Sepik, East Sepik, Morobe, Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands, Western, Gulf, Central, Northern, Milne Bay, New Britain, New Ireland & Manus.
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