PNGTreesKey – Aglaia subcuprea 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. 21: 324 (1940)
Other Literature: C.M. Pannell, Flora Malesiana, Series 1 241 (1995)
Timber Group: Occasional timber species
Field Characters: Large canopy tree; Bole cylindrical; straight; buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark grey, brown (pale patches), or black, slightly rough or smooth, scaly or flaky (sometimes irregular flakes); Subrhytidome (under-bark) green, pink, or mottled; less than 25 mm thick, 10.0-12.0; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze pale red or pale brown, markings absent; inner blaze pale red or pale brown, markings absent; bark exudate (sap) present, white/milky, not readily flowing (spotty), colour not changing on exposure to air, sticky; terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.
Indumentum: Complex hairs present, disk-shaped (peltate) (on branchlets, leaves, flowers and fruits) or star-like (stellate) (irregular scales); 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 pinnate (unbranched with more than three leaflets); petiolule not swollen; rachis present, absent, absent; leaves with a terminal leaflet (the number of leaflets odd - imparipinnate), broadest above middle or broadest at or near middle, 5.0-24.0 cm, 2.5-8.0 cm, leaflets opposite, slightly symmetric, terminal developing leaflet buds straight; venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface brown or red (peltate scales), upper surface green, indumentum (hairs) present (peltate scales), indumentum (hairs) dense; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers on a branched axis, cones absent; flowers unisexual, unisexual with male and female flowers on different plants, stalked (shortly), flowers with many planes of symmetry, 2.0-5.0 mm long; perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls, inner perianth white or pale yellow; 5, some or partly joined; stamens 5 (male flowers) (-10), present, joined (to form a staminal tube), free of the perianth; ovary superior (female flowers), carpels joined (when more than one), locules 2; styles absent.
Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on branched axis, fruit 25.0-27.0 mm long, brown, not spiny (sometimes with many wart-like bumps), non-fleshy, simple, indehiscent or slightly dehiscent, capsule; seeds 1-(0 or 1 seed per locule)-2, much more than 10 mm long (c. 20 mm long), not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed more than 10 mm diam. (12-15 mm diam.).
Distribution: Morobe or Papuan Islands.
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Notes: Notes Previously known as Aglaia versteeghii Merr. & L.M.Perry.