Myristica guatteriifolia

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Myristica guatteriifolia


Tree 10-25 m. Leaves chartaceous, elliptic-oblong to oblong-lanceolate, (12-) 15-35 by 3-12 cm, base rounded or attenuate, apex acute-acuminate; Inflorescences paniculate, between the leaves or sometimes axillary to reduced leaves in short-shoots, with dense hairs 0.2-0.6 mm; Fruits up to 3 per infructescence (sometimes seemingly more-fruited when infructescences are ± clustered), short ellipsoid or subglobose, 2.5-4(-4.5) by (2-)2.5-3 cm, hairs dense, velvety or shaggy, 0.5-1 (-2) mm;


Asia-Tropical: Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Sulawesi (Sulawesi); Thailand (Thailand present), Burma present, East Coast present, P. Condor present, West Coast absent, through Malesia east to Bali and thePhilippines present
Burma, possibly Thailand (no specimens known), Indochina (P. Condor); Malesia: Peninsular Malaysia (East Coast, according to Sinclair never found on the West Coast), through Malesia east to Bali and thePhilippines; not yet in Sulawesi.


1 Specimens from black soil over sandstone in Sabah have conspicuously small flowers. In several specimens from Brunei and Sabah the inflorescences are small (reduced) and grouped in short-shoots, axillary to fallen leaves, giving the impression of one compound inflorescence, mostly with an apical vegetative bud. PNH117198 (Samar) deviates in having rather thick blackish twigs with distinct contrasting lenticels; its fruits have a thick pericarp, 6-8 mm. 2 Myristica guatteriifolia is mainly a coastal species, well characterized by essentially paniculate inflorescences, and leaves pubescent below (hairs of mixed sizes). It is related to M. agusanensis from the Philippines, which is a smaller and more delicate version of the present species. Small-leaved inland specimens from Borneo may resemble M. beccarii.


Merr. 1923 – In: Enum. Philipp. Flow. PL: 179
J. Sinclair 1958: p. 350. – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: f. 25
Warb. 1914 – In: FI. Gén. Indo-Chine: 97
A. DC 2000 – In: Tree Fl. Sabah & Sarawak: 463
J. Sinclair 1968: p. 350. – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: 213
Backer & Bakh. f. 1964 – In: Fl. Java: 139
Warb. 1897: Mon. Myrist.: 418
Warb. 1897: Mon. Myrist: 412: t. 13
Koord. 1912 – In: Exk. FI. Java: 257
Lecomte 1909 – In: Not. Syst.: 98
A. DC 1856 – In: Prodr.: 193
W.J. de Wilde 1997 – In: Blumea: 168
K. Heyne 1927: Nutt. PL Ned. Indië: 647
Koord. & Valeton 1896 – In: Bijdr. Booms. Java: 173