Lepidopetalum subdichotomum

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Lepidopetalum subdichotomum

Description

Tree, 3-20 m high, girth 15 cm to 1 m; Leaves 3- or 4-jugate; Inflorescences axillary to pseudoterminal, mainly branching along rachis, sometimes also in axil, rachis up to 17 cm long. Flowers 3-5.5 mm in diam., fragrant. Sepals 5; Petals 5; Stamens 8 or at least in some flowers 9; Fruits 1.6-3.1 by 1-2.5 cm, inside densely hirsute with hairs 0.5-0.8 mm short; Seeds 1.3-1.7 by 0.9-1.1 cm, base straight;

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present (Irian Jaya present), Bougainville present, Jayapura present, Morobe Province present, New Britain present, New Ireland present, Papua New Guinea present, Solomon Islands present, W Sepik present
Solomon Islands to Malesia: New Guinea (Irian Jaya: Jayapura; Papua New Guinea: W Sepik to Morobe Provinces, New Britain, New Ireland, Bougainville).

Uses

Wood is used in house construction (Bougainville).

Notes

1. Lepidopetalum hebecladum has always been wrongly interpreted. The type specimen is conspecific with L. subdichotomum, while all other specimens have to be included in L. micans.
2. A geographical cline exists, the eastern specimens (Solomon Islands) have larger fruits than the western ones (New Guinea).

Citation

S.T. Reynolds - in Fl. Austral. 1985: f. 16, 21k, map 111
Radlk. - in Sitzungsber. Math.-Phys. Cl. Königl. Bayer. Akad. Wiss. München. 1890: 269
Radlk. - in Engl., Pflanzenr. 98. 1933: 1319
Radlk. - in Sitzungsber. Math.-Phys. Cl. Königl. Bayer. Akad. Wiss. München. 1890: 269
Radlk. - in Bot. Jahrb. 1920: 307
Radlk. - in Engl., Pflanzenr. 98. 1933: 1319
Welzen et al. - in Blumea. 1992: f. 1, 2d, 7
Radlk. - in Bot. Jahrb. 1920: 307