Myristica nana

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Myristica nana


Treelet, 1.5-8 m. Leaves membranous, (elliptic-)oblong or lanceolate, 6-14 by 1.5-4 cm, base attenuate, apex acute-acuminate, the very tip often rather blunt; Inflorescences between the leaves, of the Knema-type: Fruits solitary, ± ellipsoid-oblong, 3-3.5 by 1-1.3 cm, apex subacute with minute apiculum (stigma remnant), the basal part contracted into a narrow pseudostalk, 10 mm long, hairs dull brown, 0.1 mm or less;


Asia-Tropical, Central and Milne Bay Prov endemic, eastern Papua New Guinea present
Malesia: eastern Papua New Guinea (Central and Milne Bay Prov.); locally endemic.


1 Myristica nana resembles M. pumila, but is distinguished by smaller male flowers and a shorter fruiting pedicel. 2 Myristica nana is also superficially similar and possibly related to M. ensifolia (from Western Province) in its narrow leaves. The latter, known only from one fruiting specimen, differs in the still more elongate leaves, the venation and lower leaf surface texture (lens!), and in the infructescence with stouter stalk, including a short peduncle.