Myristica lowiana

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Myristica lowiana


Tree 7-25 m. Leaves coriaceous, oblong (-lanceolate), 14-35 by (3.5—)9—11.5 cm, base rounded or short-cuneate, apex acute-acuminate; Inflorescences between the lower leaves or below, pedunculate, branched, with rough-woolly hairs 1-1.5 mm; Fruits generally solitary, ellipsoid, (5-)6-7 by 3.5-4 cm, hairs velvety, 1-2.5 mm;


Asia-Tropical: Borneo present; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present, Singapore present); Sumatera (Sumatera present), Bangka present
Malesia: Sumatra (incl. Bangka), Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo.


2 Myristica lowiana is related to M. maingayi which differs in less stout twigs, less coriaceous leaves, slightly larger flowers with less thickly pubescent androphore, and less thickly tomentose fruits; apparently M. lowiana is largely confined to forest on poorer soils, like swamp forest, kerangas, and ridge forest. 1 Usually the nerves are clearly sunken above, but in some specimens from the East Coast of Sumatra, Bangka, and many from Borneo, (in older leaves) they may be raised above. 3 Variation mainly concerns the thickness of the indumentum of the fruits, especially in Borneo, where it may vary between 1 and 3 mm; in S 16509 the hairs are dense and shaggy, 2-3 mm long. In Sumatran and Malayan specimens the hairs are shorter, 1-2 mm. FRI 7734 (Cockburn) from Peninsular Malaysia (G. Panti) deviates from other Malayan material by its stout habit, rather small fruits (6 cm) with very thick fur-like indumentum, hairs 3-4 mm long; possibly this specimen represents a separate variety.


J. Sinclair 1958: p. 345. – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: f. 23, pl. IV B
Warb. 1897: Mon. Myrist.: 496
J. Sinclair 1968: p. 345. – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: 164
W.J. de Wilde 1997 – In: Blumea: 174
King 2000 – In: Tree Fl. Sabah & Sarawak: 465