PNGTreesKey – Pouteria sarcospermoides (H.J.Lam) H.J.Lam
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
Blumea Vol. 5: 337 (1943)
Timber Group: Non-timber species
Field Characters: Small sub-canopy tree (up to 20 m high); Bole cylindrical (15-30 cm diam.); straight (bole up to c. 10 m long); buttresses buttresses present; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark brown, rough, slightly tessellated, scaly or flaky, slightly pustular, or fissured, lenticels irregular; Subrhytidome (under-bark) yellow (pale (straw-coloured), red, or pink; less than 25 mm thick, 5.0-10.0; bark blaze consisting of one layer; strongly aromatic or faintly to non-aromatic; pleasant; outer blaze yellow (pale (straw-coloured), red, or pink, markings absent, fibrous or granular with splinters; inner blaze pink, red, or yellow (pale (straw-coloured), markings absent, fibrous or granular with splinters; bark exudate (sap) present, white/milky, flowing, colour not changing on exposure to air, sticky; terminal buds enclosed by leaves.
Indumentum: Complex hairs absent; stinging hairs absent; mature twig indumentum (hairs) absent.
Leaves: Leaves spaced along branches, opposite (in pairs, opposite one another on the branchlet), simple (a leaf composed of a single blade); petiole present, not winged, attached to base of leaf blade, slightly swollen or not swollen; leaves broadest at or near middle, 13.5-46.0 cm, 5.5-12.0 cm; very asymmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, acute, 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.
Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers single (but closely clustered to other flowers), cones absent; flowers bisexual, not stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 10.0-12.0 mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.) (8-10 mm diam.); perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls, inner perianth brown (covered with brown hairs); 5, free; stamens 5, present, free of each other, free of the perianth; ovary superior, carpels joined (when more than one), locules 1; styles solitary, 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence single (clustered together), fruit 15.0 (c.) mm long, 20.0 (c.) mm diam., purple (inside red) or yellow, not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe; seeds 1, much more than 10 mm long (c. 15 mm long), not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed more than 10 mm diam. (c. 15 mm diam.).
Distribution: Morobe or Central.
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Notes: Notes It is thought that this taxon probably belongs to the genus Planchonella.