Sarcopteryx crispata

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Sarcopteryx crispata


(Shrub to) tree, up to 33 m high, dbh up to 60 cm; Branchlets crispy hirsute especially when young; Leaves (1-)2-5-jugate; Inflorescences in upper leaf axils and pseudoterminal, often rather sturdy, hirsute, up to 23.6 cm long, usually with a few up to 7.6 cm long branches; Flowers 3-4.8 mm in diam.; Sepals ovate, 1.1-1.6 by 0.6-1.4 mm, sericeous, green. Petals obovate, blade rhombic, 1.5-2.2 by 1.2-2 mm, white, claw 0.3-0.5 mm high, rather slender, margin not auriculate, apex truncate to rounded, outside and inside basally sericeous; Fruits 1.9-2 by 1.5-1.7 cm, smooth, glabrescent, red, stipe 3.5-4.5 mm high, broadly triangular, lobes with 2-4 mm broad wings; Seeds obovoid, 7.5-8.5 by 4.5-6 mm.


Asia-Tropical: New Guinea (Irian Jaya present), Biak I present, Central Prov present, Morobe present, Noemfoor I present, Papua New Guinea present, S of the Vogelkop present, W Highlands present, Western present, along the N coast near the border of Papua New Guinea present
Malesia: Irian Jaya (S of the Vogelkop, Biak I., Noemfoor I., and along the N coast near the border of Papua New Guinea); Papua New Guinea (W Highlands, Morobe, Western, and Central Prov.). A somewhat disjunct distribution which is probably due to insufficient collecting.