PNGTreesKey – Syzygium furfuraceum Merr. & L.M.Perry
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
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 23: 276 (1942)
Other Literature: Hartley & Perry, Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 207 (1973)
Timber Group: Occasional timber species
Field Characters: Large canopy tree (up to c. 30 m high) or Small sub-canopy tree; Bole cylindrical (40-60 cm diam., sometimes to 100 cm); straight (bole up to 25 m long, sometimes up to 30 m); buttresses buttresses present; spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark dark brown, rough, peeling; Subrhytidome (under-bark) pale brown; less than 25 mm thick, (4.0-) 8.0-10.0; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze yellow (pale (straw-coloured), pale orange, or brown, markings absent, fibrous; inner blaze pale orange, yellow (pale (straw-coloured), or pale brown, markings absent, fibrous; 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, 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, not swollen; leaves broadest at or near middle, 9.0-13.0 cm, 5.0-7.0 cm; symmetric, entire, not dissected or lobed, acuminate, venation pinnate, secondary veins closed, not prominent, but visible, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface green or pale green, upper surface dark green (glossy (to sub-glossy), indumentum (hairs) absent; present; domatia absent; stipules absent.
Flowers: Inflorescence on the trunk or branches, flowers on a branched axis (inflorescence axes densely covered with reddish brown scales), cones absent; flowers bisexual, stalked, flowers with many planes of symmetry, 10.0-15.0 mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.); perianth present, with distinct sepals and petals whorls, inner perianth red, pink, or pale yellow; 4, free; stamens 100, present, free of each other, free of the perianth (attached to hypanthium); ovary inferior, carpels joined (when more than one), locules 2-3; styles solitary, 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence single, fruit 12.0-15.0 mm long, 12.0-15.0 mm diam., bluish black or red, not spiny, fleshy, simple, indehiscent, drupe; seeds 1, about 10 mm long, not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed 1-10 mm diam. (7-9 mm diam.).
Distribution: Morobe, Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands, Central, Northern, Milne Bay & Papuan Islands.
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