Spiraeopsis rufa

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Spiraeopsis rufa


Tree to 35 m tall, 50 cm diameter. Leaves 1-3-, mostly 2-jugate. Stipules reniform or orbicular to ovate, 10-15 by 10-12 mm, rounded at apex, entire, sessile, sparsely stellate-hirsute or glabrous above, densely velutinous beneath. Inflorescences thyrsiform, c. 40-30 mm, inserted at subdistal nodes; Flowers pedicellate, pedicels 0.3-1.2 mm long. Sepals 0.9-1.3 by 0.6-1 mm, ± densely stellate-hairy beneath. Petals obovate, elliptic-oblong or obovate-oblanceolate, 0.8-1.5 by 0.3-0.5 mm. Stamens with filaments 1.7-2.2 mm long and anthers 0.3-0.4 by 0.3-0.4 by 0.15-0.3 mm. Ovary 2-4-, mostly 3-carpellate, 0.6-0.7 by 0.5 mm, densely hairy, each cell with 8-10 ovules; Fruit with valves 2.8-3 by 1.1-1.2 mm, with several seeds. Seeds including wings c. 1.7-1.8 mm long, faintly papillose to glabrous.


Arfak Mts present, Asia-Tropical: New Guinea (Irian Jaya present), Mt Jaya (Carstensz) area present, in the eastern half of New Guinea present
Malesia: scattered in the eastern half of New Guinea and in Irian Jaya only known from the Mt Jaya (Carstensz) area and the Arfak Mts




1 The flowers are reported as scented, creamy, yellow, pinkish fawn to maroon or purple, the perianth pale brown outside and purple or reddish inside, the stamens pink, bright red or purple, or white to pale yellow, the anthers white, the ovary yellow-green covered in rufous hairs, and the styles bright red or purple. 2. The leaflets are conspicuously rusty brown beneath.