PNGTreesKey – Tapeinosperma magnifica Pipoly & Takeuchi
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
Harvard Papers in Botany Vol. 8 (2): 153-156 (2004) Fig. 1-2.
Field Characters: Small sub-canopy tree (up to 12 m high); Bole cylindrical (up to 13 cm diam.); straight (bole up to c. 8 m long); buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark pale brown, rough, pustular, lenticels elongated vertically or lenticels rounded/swelling; Subrhytidome (under-bark) dark red; less than 25 mm thick, 10.0; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; pleasant; outer blaze dark red, with stripes, fibrous; inner blaze dark red, with stripes, fibrous; bark exudate (sap) present, colourless, not readily flowing (spotty), colour changing on exposure to air, to dark red, sticky; terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.
Indumentum: Complex hairs absent; stinging hairs absent; mature twig indumentum (hairs) present, hairs dense.
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 at or near middle or equally broad throughout much of length, (27.0-) 30.0-44.0 cm, (11.0-) 12.0-16.5 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, obtuse or sub acuminate, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface green, upper surface dark green, indumentum (hairs) present, indumentum (hairs) dense or usually sparse; present (conspicuously punctate); domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence terminal, flowers on a branched axis, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 7.0-8.0 mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.) (c. 8 mm diam.); perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls, inner perianth purple; 5, some or partly joined; stamens 5, present, joined (staminal column c. 1.5 mm long), free of the perianth; ovary superior, carpels joined (when more than one); styles solitary, 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on branched axis, fruit 5.0-7.0 mm long, not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe; seeds 1, to about 5 mm long (c. 5 mm long), not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed 1-10 mm diam. (c. 5 mm diam.).
Distribution: Morobe (Known only from the area around Lae municipality).
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