Brosimum lactescens

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Brosimum lactescens


Tree up to 50 m tall, dioecious. Branchlets sparsely to densely white puberulous. Stipules free, semi-amplexicaule, 0.3-1.5 cm long, puberulous to pubescent, venation more or less prominent, subflabellate-furcate; petiole 0.3-0.5 cm long; blade subcoriaceous to chartaceous, elliptic to narrowly elliptic, 4-20(-32) x 1.5-6(-16) cm, apex acuminate to subacute, base acute to obtuse to emarginate, margin entire, glabrous or sparsely puberulous to hirtellous, glabrescent above, sparsely to rather densely puberulous to hirtellous beneath; primary vein impressed above, veins prominent beneath, secondary veins 9-20 pairs, tertiary venation mostly reticulate. Staminate inflorescences globose, 0.3-1 cm in diam.; peduncle 0.1-0.8 cm long; perianth 1.5-2.5 mm high, (3-)4-lobed to (3-)4-parted; stamens 2-4. Pistillate inflorescences (sub)globose, ovoid or obovoid, often more or less lobed, 0.2-0.6 cm in diam., peduncle 0.1-0.8 cm long; flowers 1-5(-13); stigmas 2-9 mm long. Infructescences subglobose, or if containing 2 or more fruits, then to convexly discoid and lobed, 1-2(-3) cm in diam., at maturity yellow or reddish.


French Guiana present, Guianas present, Guyana present, Oyapoque River present, Shodikar Creek present, Surinam present, Trois Sauts present, tropical America present
Wide-spread in tropical America; in the Guianas known from Guyana (Shodikar Creek) and Surinam and French Guiana (Trois Sauts, Oyapoque River).

Common Name

English: faux bois d'arc, kumakaballi, manletterhout, pailala