PNGTreesKey – Papuodendron lepidotum C.T.White


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

Papuodendron lepidotum C.T.White

Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 27: 272 (1946)

Family: Malvaceae

Timber Group: Occasional timber species

Field Characters: Large canopy tree (up to 30 m high); Bole markedly fluted (up to c. 50 cm diam.); crooked (bole up to c. 20 m long); buttresses buttresses present; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark brown, rough, slightly pustular, scaly or flaky, or fissured, lenticels irregular; Subrhytidome (under-bark) pink or white; less than 25 mm thick, 15.0 (c.); bark blaze consisting of one layer; strongly aromatic; unpleasant; outer blaze pale yellow or white, markings absent; inner blaze white or pale yellow, markings absent; bark exudate (sap) present, colourless, not readily flowing (spotty), colour changing on exposure to air, to red (pale (pink), not sticky; terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.

Indumentum: Complex hairs present; stinging hairs absent; mature twig indumentum (hairs) present, hairs 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 below middle, 6.0-21.0 cm, 4.0-10.5 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, acute, venation pinnate, secondary veins closed, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves indumentum (hairs) present, sparse; absent; domatia absent; stipules present, free, laterally placed, not encircling the twig, scale-like or collar-like, not fringed, large, persistent.

Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers on a branched axis, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry; perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls.

Distribution: Morobe.

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