PNGTreesKey – Pullea glabra Schltr. var. verticillata Hoogland


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

Pullea glabra Schltr. var. verticillata Hoogland

Blumea Vol. 25 Part. 2: 492 (1979)

Other Literature: P. van Royen, The Alpine Flora of New Guinea 2 545 (1983)

Family: Cunoniaceae

Timber Group: Non-timber species

Field Characters: Large canopy tree (up to 30 m high) or Small sub-canopy tree (up to 20 m high); Bole cylindrical or markedly fluted (up to c. 50 cm diam.); straight (bole 10-25 m long); buttresses buttresses present (buttresses up to 2.5 m high) or buttresses absent; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark grey or brown, rough, fissured or pustular, lenticels rounded/swelling (scattered); Subrhytidome (under-bark) red; less than 25 mm thick, 10.0-13.0; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze red or brown, markings absent; inner blaze red or brown, markings absent; bark exudate (sap) absent; terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.

Indumentum: Complex hairs absent; stinging hairs absent; mature twig indumentum (hairs) absent.

Leaves: Leaves spaced along branches, sub whorled (with more than two leaves at one node of a branchlet), 3-4, simple (a leaf composed of a single blade); petiole present, not winged, attached to base of leaf blade, swollen (slightly (throughout); leaves broadest at or near middle, 6.0-7.0 cm, 3.2-4.5 cm; symmetric, entire or slightly crenate, not dissected or lobed, slightly emarginate or retuse or rounded, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface pale green, upper surface green (glossy), indumentum (hairs) absent; absent; domatia absent; stipules present, joined, joined across twigs, not encircling the twig, leafy, not fringed, large (up to c. 8 mm long), not persistent.

Flowers: Inflorescence axillary, flowers on a branched axis, cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 2.0 (c.) mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.) (2-3 mm diam.); perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls, inner perianth white, slightly green, or cream-coloured; 4, free; stamens 4, present, free of each other, free of the perianth; ovary superior, carpels joined (when more than one), locules 2; styles free, 2.

Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on branched axis, fruit 6.0-12.0 mm long, green or brown, not spiny, non-fleshy, simple, dehiscent, capsule; seeds 100, barely visible (to 1 mm long) (0.7-1 mm long), narrow (longer than wide), seed less than 1 mm diam.

Distribution: West Sepik, Madang, Morobe, Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands, Central, Milne Bay & Papuan Islands.

Pullea glabra var. verticillata
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