PNGTreesKey – Myristica longipes Warb.
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
Monog. Myrist. 535 (1897)
Other Literature: D.B. Foreman, Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea 205
Timber Group: Commercial hardwood
Field Characters: Small sub-canopy tree; buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent.
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 broadest above middle or broadest below middle, 6.0-15.0 cm, 3.0-6.0 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, obtuse, acuminate, or long-tapering, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves indumentum (hairs) absent; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers on a branched axis, cones absent; flowers unisexual, unisexual with male and female flowers on the same plant, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 7.0-10.0 mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.); perianth present, with all sepals and/or petals (hence tepals) similar; 2-3 (-5), some or partly joined; stamens 8-30, absent, joined, free of the perianth; ovary superior, carpels joined (when more than one), locules 1; styles solitary, 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on branched axis, fruit 30.0-50.0 mm long, not spiny, fleshy, simple, dehiscent, capsule (2-valved); seeds 1, much more than 10 mm long, not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed more than 10 mm diam.
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