Tree. Leaves membranous or thinly chartaceous, (oblong-)lanceolate, 7-19 by 2-6 cm, base attenuate or narrowly rounded, apex acute(-acuminate); Inflorescences: Fruits l(-3?) per infructescence;
Asia-Tropical: Lesser Sunda Is. present, W Flores present
Malesia: Lesser Sunda Islands (W Flores).
1 Knema steenisii is distinguishable by small flowers, with an unique structure: 4 or 5 anthers, androphore slender, much longer than the diameter of the staminal disc, perianth cleft nearly to the base. 2 When sterile the species may be confused notably with K. cinerea and K. stenocarpa. Both these species (East Malesia) have globose male buds, and differ vegetatively in the indumentum on the lower leaf surface; in K. cinerea this consists of uniformly sized smaller stellate scale-like hairs, in K. stenocarpa of more woolly mixed stellate and dendroid hairs, not scale-like; in both species pistil and fruits are also different.