PNGTreesKey – Elaeocarpus miegei Weibel


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

Elaeocarpus miegei Weibel

Candollea Vol. 26: 370 (1971)

Other Literature: M.J.E. Coode, Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea 123-124 (1981)

Family: Elaeocarpaceae

Timber Group: Commercial hardwood

Field Characters: Large canopy tree (up to 35 m high) or Small sub-canopy tree (15-20 m high); Bole cylindrical (up to c. 50 cm diam.); crooked or straight (bole 7-10 m long); buttresses sometimes buttresses present or usually buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark white, grey, or brown, slightly rough or smooth, slightly fissured; Subrhytidome (under-bark) white, brown, or mottled; less than 25 mm thick; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze pale yellow, pink (slightly (tinge), or pale brown, markings absent; inner blaze pale yellow, pink (slightly (tinge), or pale brown, markings absent; bark exudate (sap) absent; 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 (minutely hairy).

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 above middle or broadest at or near middle, (4.0-) 6.0-17.0 cm, 2.0-7.5 cm; symmetric, crenate or serrate to dentate (toothed), not dissected or lobed, rounded, obtuse, or acute, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface dull pale green, upper surface dark green (glossy), indumentum (hairs) usually absent or rarely present, indumentum (hairs) sparse; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.

Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers on an unbranched axis, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 5.0 (c.) mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.); perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls, inner perianth white; 5, free; stamens (8-) 9-15, present, free of each other, free of the perianth; ovary superior, carpels joined (when more than one), locules 2; styles solitary, 1.

Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on unbranched axis, fruit 17.0 (c.) mm long, green (dark (possibly immature), not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe; seeds 1, much more than 10 mm long, not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed 1-10 mm diam.

Distribution: Morobe, Southern Highlands, Western, Northern, Milne Bay, Papuan Islands, New Britain & Manus.

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