Aglaia laxiflora

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Aglaia laxiflora

Description

Tree up to 10 m (?or more). Bark light grey with numerous orange-brown depressions and scalloped pattern; inner bark reddish- pink, laminated; sapwood whitish-pink, with tiny rays. Leaves up to 60 cm long and 48 cm wide; peti- ole up to 11 cm, petiole, rachis and petiolules with numerous scales like those on the twigs. Inflorescence up to 56 cm long and 40 cm wide; peduncle up to 14 cm, the branches slender and widely spaced giving the inflorescence a lax appearance, peduncle, rachis and branches with numerous scales like those on the twigs, more densely covering the distal branches. Flowers 1.1–1.2 mm long, 1.2–1.3 mm wide; pedicels 0.7–1 mm, with occasional scales like those on the twigs. Petals 5. Staminal tube 0.5–0.9 mm high, 0.9–1 mm wide, cup-shaped, the apical margin incurved, aperture 0.3–0.6 mm; anthers 5, 0.3–0.4 mm long, 0.3 mm wide, ovoid, dehiscent only in the lower half, darker at the apex, inserted inside the rim of the tube to 2/3 up the tube, pro- truding and filling the aperture. Fruits 5–6 cm long and c. 3.5 cm wide, ellipsoid or obovoid, orange or orange-yellow when ripe, indehiscent; pericarp 3–5 mm thick. Seed c. 3.1 cm long, 1.8 cm wide, 1 cm through, surrounded by an entire translucent aril 2–3 mm thick.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Borneo (Brunei present, Kalimantan present, Sabah present)
Malesia: Borneo (Brunei, Sabah, Kalimantan).

Morphology

The leaflets of Aglaia laxiflora are pale when dry, usually with subprominent reticulation above and below; the pale stellate scales are sparse on the leaflets, inflorescence and infructescence; the inflorescence is ‘lax’ and the pedicels are articulated; scales are sparse on the pedicels and absent from the calyx.

Citation

Pannell 1992 – In: Kew Bull., Add. Ser. 294.