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PNGTreesKey Terminalia longespicata Slooten subsp. sogerensis (Baker f.) Coode

 

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

Terminalia longespicata Slooten subsp. sogerensis (Baker f.) Coode

Contributions of Herbarium Australiense Vol. 2: 19 (1973)

Other Literature: M.J.E. Coode, Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea 87 (1978) Fig. 20-37.

Family: Combretaceae
Dicotyledon

Timber Group: Major exportable hardwood

Field Characters: Emergent tree or Large canopy tree (up to c. 30 m high); Bole cylindrical (up to c. 50 cm diam.); straight (bole c. 7 m long); buttresses often buttresses present; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark white, grey (mottled), or brown, slightly rough or mostly smooth, slightly pustular, lenticels elongated vertically; Subrhytidome (under-bark) green or red; less than 25 mm thick; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze pale yellow, markings absent; inner blaze pale yellow, markings absent; bark exudate (sap) present, 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) present when young or later absent, hairs dense to sparse.

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 broadest at or near middle, 8.0-13.0 cm, 4.0-6.0 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, obtuse or sub acute, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface green or red (because of brownish red hairs), upper surface dark green, indumentum (hairs) absent or present, indumentum (hairs) dense to sparse; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.

Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers on an unbranched axis, cones absent; flowers unisexual and bisexual, unisexual with male and female flowers on the same plant, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 2.0-3.0 mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.); perianth present, with all sepals and/or petals (hence tepals) similar, inner perianth white (cream-coloured (unpleasantly aromatic); 5, free; stamens 5, present, free of each other, joined to the perianth; ovary inferior, carpels joined (when more than one), locules 1; styles solitary, 1.

Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on unbranched axis, fruit (15.0-) 20.0-30.0 mm long, not spiny (winged with wing c. 5 mm long), fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe; seeds 1, about 10 mm long, not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed 1-10 mm diam.

Distribution: West Sepik, East Sepik, Madang, Morobe & Central.


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