PNGTreesKey – Viticipremna tomentosa A.A.Munir
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 Adelaide Botanic Gardens Vol. 7: 184-186 (1985) Fig. 1.
Timber Group: Non-timber species
Field Characters: Small sub-canopy tree (up to 10 m high); Bole cylindrical; straight (bole 3-4 m long); buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark red, rough, irregularly cracked; Subrhytidome (under-bark) brown; less than 25 mm thick; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze yellow (pale (cream-coloured), markings absent; inner blaze yellow (pale (cream-coloured) or white, markings absent; bark exudate (sap) absent; 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, opposite (in pairs, opposite one another on the branchlet), compound (a leaf made up from two or more leaflets); petiole present, not winged, attached to base of leaf blade, not swollen; leaves palmate (with more than three leaflets attached at one point to the stalk) (with 5 leaflets) or with three leaflets (trifoliate); petiolule not swollen; leaves broadest below middle, (3.5-) 5.0-12.0 (-18.0) cm, (2.0-) 3.5-5.0 (-6.5) cm, leaflets arranged from one point, slightly asymmetric; venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent or not prominent, but visible, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface pale green, upper surface green, indumentum (hairs) present, indumentum (hairs) dense (especially on lower surface); absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence terminal, flowers on a branched axis, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with one plane of symmetry, 7.0-8.0 mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.) (3-4 mm diam.); perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls (calyx distinctly 4-lobed), inner perianth cream-coloured or white; 4, some or partly joined; stamens 4, present, free of each other, joined to the perianth; ovary superior (glandular distally), carpels joined (when more than one), locules 4; styles solitary, 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on branched axis, fruit 6.0-8.5 mm long, 5.0-7.0 mm diam., black or brownish red, not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe; seeds 4, to about 5 mm long, not winged, narrow (longer than wide), seed 1-10 mm diam. (3-4 mm diam.).
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