PNGTreesKey – Galbulimima belgraveana (F.Muell.) Sprague


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

Galbulimima belgraveana (F.Muell.) Sprague

Journal of Botany Vol. 60: 138 (1922)

Other Literature: J.R. Croft, Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea 127-128 (1978) Fig. 64.

Family: Himantandraceae

Timber Group: Occasional timber species

Field Characters: Large canopy tree (15-36 m high); Bole cylindrical or markedly fluted (sometimes at base, 30-50 cm diam.); straight (bole 10-25 m long); buttresses buttresses present or buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark grey or brown, slightly rough or almost smooth, often scaly or flaky or pustular, lenticels irregular; Subrhytidome (under-bark) green and red and brown (yellowish (in general appearance) and mottled; less than 25 mm thick, 10.0 (c.); bark blaze consisting of one layer; strongly aromatic; resinous/linament-like; outer blaze brown (pale (rapidly changing to red-brown when exposed), markings absent, granular without splinters; inner blaze brown (pale (rapidly changing to red-brown when exposed), markings absent, granular without splinters; bark exudate (sap) absent; terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.

Indumentum: Complex hairs present, disk-shaped (peltate); stinging hairs absent; mature twig indumentum (hairs) present, hairs dense to sparse.

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 broadest at or near middle to broadest below middle, (5.0-) 6.0-16.0 cm, (2.0-) 3.0-8.0 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, rounded to obtuse to acute or slightly long-tapering, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface green or brown, upper surface green (glossy), indumentum (hairs) present (as peltate scales), indumentum (hairs) dense; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.

Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers single, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 10.0-20.0 mm long, diameter large (more than10 mm diam.) (up to c. 40 mm diam.); perianth present, with all sepals and/or petals (hence tepals) similar (fused into separate cap-like structures), inner perianth pink or pale red; 0 (fused into a calyptra/cup), all joined; stamens 13-130, present, free of each other, free of the perianth; ovary superior, carpels separate (when more than one), locules 1 (per carpel); styles free, many 100.

Fruits: Infrutescence arising from single point, fruit 15.0-30.0 mm long, 16.0 (c.) mm diam., red, not spiny, fleshy, aggregate, indehiscent, achene; seeds 100, to about 5 mm long, not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed 1-10 mm diam.

Distribution: West Sepik, East Sepik, Madang, Morobe, Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands, Western, Central & Milne Bay.

Galbulimima belgraveana
Botanical records
in PNGplants database

Map details

Illustrator: D. Pearce.