PNGTreesKey – Beilschmiedia morobensis Kosterm.


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

Beilschmiedia morobensis Kosterm.

Reinwardtia Vol. 8: 24 (1970)

Family: Lauraceae

Timber Group: Occasional timber species

Field Characters: Large canopy tree (up to c. 30 m high) or Small sub-canopy tree (up to c. 20 m high); Bole cylindrical (40-120 cm diam.); straight; buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark grey or brown, slightly rough, irregularly scaly or flaky or slightly fissured; Subrhytidome (under-bark) green, brown, or mottled; less than 25 mm thick, 10.0-12.0; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze yellow, red (on exposure to air), or green, markings absent; inner blaze yellow, red (0n exposure to air), or green, markings absent; bark exudate (sap) present, red, flowing, 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) absent.

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 slightly broadest above middle or broadest at or near middle, 6.0-8.0 cm, 2.5-3.0 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, obtuse or sub acuminate, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, not prominent, but visible, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface green, upper surface green, indumentum (hairs) absent; present; domatia absent; stipules absent.

Flowers: Inflorescence terminal or axillary, flowers on a branched axis, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked (shortly), flowers with many planes of symmetry, 2.0-3.0 mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.) (2-3 mm diam.); perianth present, with all sepals and/or petals (hence tepals) similar, inner perianth yellow (with red-brown hairs) or green; 3, free; stamens 9, short present, free of each other, free of the perianth; ovary superior, carpels solitary, locules 1; styles solitary, 1.

Fruits: Infrutescence presumably arranged on branched axis, fruit presumably not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe; seeds 1, not winged.

Distribution: Morobe.

Beilschmiedia morobensis
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Notes: Notes This species is only know from the type collection (Havel & Henry NGF9159) from the Bulolo area. Fruits have not been seen.