PNGTreesKey – Syzygium hylophilum (Lauterb. & K.Schum.) Merr. & L.M.Perry
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
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 23: 273 (1942)
Other Literature: Hartley & Perry, Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 201 (1973)
Timber Group: Occasional timber species
Field Characters: Small sub-canopy tree (8-15 m high); Bole cylindrical (up to c. 40 cm diam.); crooked (bole up to c. 10 m long); buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark reddish brown, pale red, brownish orange, or pale grey, slightly rough or smooth, finely cracked or scaly or flaky (slightly (papery); Subrhytidome (under-bark) red; less than 25 mm thick, 5.0-7.0; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze grey, pale brown, yellow (pale (straw-coloured), or white, markings absent, fibrous; inner blaze grey, pale brown, yellow (pale (straw-coloured), or white, markings absent, fibrous; bark exudate (sap) absent; terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.
Indumentum: Complex hairs absent; stinging hairs absent; mature twig indumentum (hairs) absent.
Leaves: Leaves spaced along branches, opposite (in pairs, opposite one another on the branchlet), simple (a leaf composed of a single blade); petiole present, not winged, attached to base of leaf blade, not swollen; leaves broadest at or near middle, 6.0-16.0 cm, 2.0-8.0 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, acuminate, venation pinnate, secondary veins closed, not prominent, but visible, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface green, upper surface green, indumentum (hairs) absent; present; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence leaf-opposed, flowers on an unbranched axis, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 11.0-25.0 mm long, diameter large (more than10 mm diam.) (12-15 mm diam.); perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls, inner perianth white; 4, free; stamens 100, present, free of each other, free of the perianth (attached to hypanthium); ovary inferior, carpels joined (when more than one), locules 2; styles solitary, 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence single, fruit 20.0 (c.) mm long, 20.0 (c.) mm diam., red, not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe; seeds 1, much more than 10 mm long (c. 15 mm long), not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed more than 10 mm diam. (c. 15 mm diam.).
Distribution: West Sepik, East Sepik, Madang, Morobe, Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Western, Central, Northern, Papuan Islands, New Britain & New Ireland.
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