PNGTrees – Cryptocarya pulchella Teschner
Barry Conn (NSW) & Kipiro Damas (LAE).
Copyright held by the authors, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, and Papua New Guinea National Herbarium
Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie Vol. 58: 410 (1923)
Field Characters: Small trees 15-20 m high. Bole cylindrical 12 cm diam.; straight bole 1-2 m long; buttresses absent; spines absent; aerial roots absent; stilt roots absent. Bark dark grey, rough, pustular; lenticels irregular; subrhytidome dark red; bark thickness <25 mm thick, 5.0 mm thick; blaze consisting of one layer; strongly aromatic; pleasant; outer blaze brown, markings absent, fibrous; inner blaze brown, markings absent, fibrous; exudate present, colourless, spotty, changing colour on exposure to air, to orange, brown, or red, not sticky. Terminal buds not enclosed by leaves; complex hairs absent; stinging hairs absent; mature twig without hairs.
Leaves: Spaced along branches <internodes readily visible>. Leaves spiral, simple; petiole present, not winged, attached to base of leaf blade <not peltate>, not swollen; lamina broadest below middle, 14.0-16.0 cm long, 4.0-5.0 cm wide; lamina symmetric, margin entire, not dissected or lobed, apex acuminate, venation pinnate <secondary veins arising from the midrib along its length>, secondary veins open <spaced far apart to easily see tertiary veins>, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; lower surface slightly blue-green silvery or pale green, upper surface green, hairs absent; oil dots absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence axillary <from between a leaf and branch>. Flowers on a branched axis; flowers bisexual, stalked, with many planes of symmetry <actinomorphic>, 4.0 mm long, small (< or =10 mm diam.) 6 mm diam.; perianth present, with all sepals and/or petals (hence tepals) similar, dull yellow; inner perianth 3 (inner 3 + outer 3) (-6) (by misinterpretation), some or partly joined or free; stamens 3, filaments present, free of each other, free of perianth; ovary superior <seated above petals and sepals; hypogenous>, carpels joined (when more than one) <syncarpous>, locules 1; styles solitary <including joined together> very short, 1.
Fruits: Fruits arranged on branched axis. Fruit 8 (immature) mm long, 8.0 (immature) mm diam., fruit green, not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe. Seeds 1, to about 5 mm long 5-8 mm long, not winged, as wide as long, 1-10 mm diam. 5-8 mm diam.
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