Myristica wenzelii

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Myristica wenzelii

Description

Tree 10-15 m. Leaves ± membranous or chartaceous, oblong-oblanceolate, ± gradually narrowed to the narrowly rounded or cuneate base, apex acute, (20-)25-40 by 7-12 cm; Inflorescences between the leaves, of the Knema-type: Fruits solitary, ellipsoid, base and apex rounded, (5-)6-6.5 by 3-4.5 cm, hairs conspicuous, dense, bright rusty, 1-1.5 mm;

Distribution

Asia-Tropical, Leyte present, Mindanao present, S Philippines present, Samar present
Malesia: S Philippines (Samar, Leyte, Mindanao).

Taxonomy

2 Myristica wenzelii may be confused with M. philippensis; both species have a stout habit; the latter with a pedunculate paniculate inflorescence, and the leaves glabrescent below. 1 Flowers and fruits approach those of M. fatua, but M. wenzelii is distinguishable by its stout habit, thick twigs with pale bark, large leaves with broad midrib, with 30-35 pairs of lateral nerves. The lower leaf surface has a persistent felt-like indumentum, resembling that of M. fatua s. s., but it is paler and shorter, with hairs only 0.1 mm long. Mature male flowering specimens are not known.

Citation

Merr. 1923 – In: Enum. Philipp. Flow. PL. p 180
WJ. de Wilde 1997 – In: Blumea. p 188