PNGTreesKey – Planchonella macropoda H.J.Lam var. macropoda


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

Planchonella macropoda H.J.Lam var. macropoda

Nova Guinea Vol. 14: 563 (1932)

Family: Sapotaceae

Timber Group: Major exportable hardwood

Field Characters: Large canopy tree (up to 25 m high) or Small sub-canopy tree; Bole cylindrical; straight; buttresses buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; bark exudate (sap) present, white/milky, not readily flowing (spotty), colour not changing on exposure to air, sticky; terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.

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 at or near middle, 6.0-9.0 cm, 3.5-4.5 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, rounded or obtuse, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface pale green (silvery) or brown (when young), upper surface green, indumentum (hairs) present, indumentum (hairs) dense or sparse; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent.

Flowers: Inflorescence axillary or on the trunk or branches (below leaves), flowers arising from a single point, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry; perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls; 5, some or partly joined; stamens 5, present, free of each other, joined to the perianth; ovary superior, carpels joined (when more than one), locules 1-5; styles solitary, 1.

Fruits: Infrutescence arising from single point, fruit brown or purple, not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, berry; seeds 1-5, much more than 10 mm long, not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed 1-10 mm diam.

Distribution: Madang, Morobe, Eastern Highlands & Bougainville.

Planchonella macropoda var. macropoda
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Notes: Notes Previously known as Planchonella macropoda H.J.Lam var. macropoda.