Aglaia cremea

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Aglaia cremea

Description

Tree 4-13 m high. Outer bark light brown; inner bark yellow or greenish-yellow, latex white. Leaves 17-40 cm long, 13-30 cm wide, petiole 2.5-6 cm; petiole, rachis and petiolules with numerous scales like those on the twigs. Inflorescences 2.5-16 cm long, 4-13 cm wide; peduncle, rachis and branches with few pale brown peltate scales which have a fimbriate margin. Flower 1.5-2 mm long and wide, pedicels 0.5-1 mm, without or with a few stellate hairs. Petals 5. Staminal tube 0.5-1 mm long, 1.2-2 mm wide, cup-shaped with the margin incurved, aperture 0.8-1.3 mm across with a lobed margin, anthers inserted just inside the margin or about a third of the way down the tube, protruding and pointing towards the centre of the flower. Fruits 1-2.5 cm long, obovoid, brownish green, densely covered with reddish-brown peltate scales which have a short fimbriate margin; locule 1. Seed 1, ?with a thin gelatinous aril.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical, Papua New Guinea present
Malesia: Papua New Guinea.

Taxonomy

Aglaia cremea resembles the less robust forms of A. leptantha, but it is a smaller tree and the staminal tube is short and cup-shaped with a wide aperture. This species is found only in Papua New Guinea, where A. leptantha does not occur.

Uses

Locally used for tool handles.

Citation

Pannell 1992 – In: Kew. Bull., Add. Ser. 206.