Aglaia brassii

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Aglaia brassii

Description

Tree up to 2–20 m; bole diam. 7–15 cm, sometimes with buttresses upwards up to 1.2 m. Outer bark smooth or scaly, greyish-brown or brown; inner bark pinkish-brown; sapwood white, pinkish-yellow or reddish-brown. Leaves 8.5–29 cm long, 4.5–29 cm wide; petiole 1–7 cm, petiole, rachis and branches densely covered with peltate and stellate scales like those on the twigs. Inflorescence c. 13.5 cm long and 8.5 cm wide; peduncle 1.5– 3.5 cm, peduncle, rachis and branches with reddish-brown and pale brown stellate scales and peltate scales which have a fimbriate margin. Flowers 2–4 mm long and wide, el- lipsoid; pedicel 1–3 mm, pedicel and calyx densely covered with dark or pale brown stellate scales. Petals 4, 5 or rarely 6. Staminal tube 1.2–3 mm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, obovoid with the aperture 0.2–1 mm across; anthers 5, 1–1.3 mm long, 0.4–0.7 mm wide, ovoid, inserted a quarter up to half the way up the tube, either just protruding or included and visible through the aperture. Fruits 2–2.8 cm long, 1.3–2.5 cm wide, orange brown or yellow, obovoid or ellipsoid, densely covered with reddish-brown and pale brown peltate scales which have a fimbriate margin, glabrescent.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present, Bougainville present, Mount Lewis Range present, N Queensland present, Solomon Islands present
Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Australia (N Queensland, Mount Lewis Range)); Malesia: New Guinea

Taxonomy

Aglaia brassii resembles A. odoratissima except that the flowers are usually larger, and the staminal tube is obovoid with a pin-prick aperture rather than cup-shaped. Aglaia brassii is confined to E Malesia and Australasia, where A. odoratissima does not occur.

Citation

Pannell 1992 – In: Kew Bull., Add. Ser. 249.