PNGTreesKey – Pometia pinnata J.R.Forster & G.Forster f. pinnata
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
Characteres Generum Plantarum. Edition 1 55 (1775)
Other Literature: D.B. Foreman, Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Bougainville 158-159 (1971) Fig. 159.
Timber Group: Major exportable hardwood Tradename: Taun. Other vernacular name: Wild Taun
Field Characters: Large canopy tree (up to 40 m high); Bole cylindrical (slightly twisted, sometimes fluted near base, up to c. 30 cm diam.); straight (bole up to c. 7 m long); buttresses buttresses present; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark orange (fawnish) or red (pale pinkish), smooth; Subrhytidome (under-bark) pale red; less than 25 mm thick, 6.0-8.0; bark blaze with two layers; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze pink or brown (pale (orange-fawn), markings absent, smooth; inner blaze pink or pale brown, markings absent, fibrous; bark exudate (sap) present, colourless, not readily flowing (spotty), colour not changing on exposure to air, not 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), compound (a leaf made up from two or more leaflets); petiole present, not winged, attached to base of leaf blade, not swollen; leaves pinnate (unbranched with more than three leaflets); petiolule not swollen; rachis present, absent, absent; leaves without a terminal leaflet (the number of leaflets even - paripinnate), broadest below middle, 17.0-18.0 cm, 4.0-6.0 cm, leaflets opposite (-subopposite) or leaflets alternate, symmetric; venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface pale green, upper surface dark green, indumentum (hairs) absent; absent; domatia absent; stipules absent (basal leaves small, clasping axis).
Flowers: Inflorescence terminal (and subterminal), flowers on a branched axis, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 3.0 (c.) mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.) (c. 5 mm diam.); perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls, inner perianth yellow or green; 5, free; stamens 5, present, free of each other, free of the perianth; ovary superior, carpels joined (when more than one), locules 3; styles solitary, 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on branched axis, fruit 30.0-40.0 mm long, dark red or black, not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe; seeds 3 (with fleshy aril), much more than 10 mm long, not winged, narrow (longer than wide).
Distribution: West Sepik, East Sepik, Madang, Morobe, Southern Highlands, Western, Gulf, Central, Northern, Milne Bay, Papuan Islands, New Britain, New Ireland & Bougainville.
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