Atalaya papuana

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Atalaya papuana


Tree up to 23 m high, dbh up to 20 cm. Branchlets greyish brown, terete, rather densely inconspicuously lenticellate, young parts densely appressed fulvous short-hairy, early glabrescent. Leaves (1-) 2-3-jugate, glabrous; Inflorescences pyramidal thyrsoid, 8-30 cm long, densely short fulvous-hairy, the branches ascending, in bigger inflorescences repeatedly thyrsoid, for the greater part bearing several short-stalked few-flowered cymes; Flowers reported to be creamy-white. Sepals with a broad, membranous, short-ciliate (partly glandular) margin, outside rather densely appressed shorty-hairy, outer obovate (-orbicular), 2.5-3.2 by 2-2.8 mm, inner nearly orbicular to obovate, 3-4 by 2.3-3 mm. Petals 0.8-1.5 mm long clawed, ovate to lanceolate, 2.5-3.6 by 1.5-2.5 mm, inside at base incurved-auriculate, outside the claw and at least the basal part of the blade appressed-hairy, inside the claw, the 'scales' and at least the basal half of the blade rather densely to sparsely woolly. Stamens in male flowers 4 mm long, filaments 2-3 mm long; Fruits densely appressed short-hairy, samarae 4 cm long, wing 1.5 cm wide, slightly curved upwards.


Asia-Tropical, Central Provinces present, Papua New Guinea present, Western present
Malesia: Papua New Guinea (Western and Central Provinces).


Apparently most closely related to A. hemiglauca (F. Muell.) Benth. from tropical and subtropical Australia.


Welzen 1989 – In: Leiden Bot. Series: 304